Plant Structure and Function


Plant Structure and Function (3rd-5th)

Students will learn about the main structures of a flowering plant (root, stem, leaf, flower, fruit) and will discuss the function of each component. Observation of common edible plants will allow students to locate relevant plant parts and make everyday connections with plant anatomy. Potential allergens (food and pollen): jasmine, ginseng, wheat, banana, bay leaf, sweetgum pod.

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Lesson Overview

Students will:

  • Observe common edible plants and identify their structures and functions
  • Present a plant, its structure(s), and function(s) to the class
  • Sort common edible plants into categories based on their main structures

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Identify and explain the structures and functions of various roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and fruit
  • Observe, sketch, and present the structures and functions of plant specimens

This lesson is aligned with these Next Generation Science (NGS) Standards.

Standards Covered

Disciplinary Core Idea (DCI)

LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes – LS1.A Structure and Function

  • (3rd-5th) Organisms have both internal and external macroscopic structures that allow for growth, survival, behavior, and reproduction.

Science & Engineering Practice (SEP)

Constructing Explanations

  • (3rd-5th) Identify the evidence that supports particular points in an explanation.

Crosscutting Concept (CCC)

Structure and Function

  • (3rd-5th) Substructures have shapes and parts that serve functions.
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