Plants, and their different parts!

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) and fruits (apple, tomato, pepper, andcucumber) 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) 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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Dr. Catherine Sukow

Dr. Sukow's interest in science education began when she was a teenager, with an extended visit to San Francisco's Exploratorium. In college, she had summer jobs in a similar, smaller, museum. She focused her Master's research at NCSU on the structure of metal silicides on silicon, and her Ph. D. work at Brandeis on the structure of crossbridged actin bundles. While volunteering in her childrens' schools, she was reminded how much fun it is to teach science, and is happy to be teaching now with Science from Scientists. In her spare time, she also enjoys yoga, choral and solo singing, and attempting a variety of international cuisines.

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