Plant Structure and Function

Today in class we played with our food! We looked at fresh plant foods to see if we could identify what part of the plant they actually came from. We examined edible plants that are the roots (carrot), stems (celery), leaves (lettuce, spinach) and fruits (apple, tomato, pepper, or cucumber) of a plant. Did you know that fruits began their development as the flowers of the plant? We also looked at flowers, and tried to identify their different parts.

Look around your own kitchen and see if you can identify which plant parts these foods would come from: sweet potato, corn, garlic, raspberry, asparagus and rhubarb.

Estructura y Función de las Plantas

En la clase de hoy jugamos con nuestra comida. Examinamos vegetales frescos, que comemos habitualmente e intentamos determinar a qué parte de la planta correspondían. Analizamos las raíces de una planta (zanahorias), los tallos (apio), las hojas (lechuga, espinaca) y las frutas (manzanas, tomates, pimientos). ¿Sabías que las frutas iniciaron su desarrollo como las flores de una planta? También examinamos flores, e intentamos identificar sus partes.

Mira alrededor de tu cocina y ve si puedes identificar a qué parte de la planta corresponden los siguientes vegetales: batatas, maíz, ajo, frambuesas, espárragos y ruibarbo.

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Lauren Koppel

Lauren earned a Bachelor’s degree with a double major of Biology and Psychology from Clark University, and a Master of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. During her undergraduate years, she worked in a evolutionary neurobiology lab that studied the neural development of annelids (marine worms), with a focus on the sox family of genes. Lauren loves learning about how the world works (including everything from biology to chemistry to engineering), and is passionate about sharing that knowledge and enthusiasm with others. In the past, she has interned at the Museum of Science, where she educated learners of all ages through hands-on activities, games, and experiments. Other science education organizations with which Lauren has worked include The People’s Science, EurekaFest, and Eureka! of Girls Inc. of Worcester. Currently she lives in Boston, where devotes her free time to playing Quidditch, reading sci-fi novels, playing her ukulele, and enjoying all the culinary delights the city has to offer.

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