Monday, April 6, 2020

Theme: I Spy 6 Plant Parts

Today we'll start with an I-spy activity (and song!) that you can do inside or outside... 

How many of the 6 Plant Parts can you find inside?

1. "The roots hold the stem in the ground. 
They gather up the water that falls around:"
(Potato, ginger)

2. "The stem is an elevator going up from the ground.
The water goes up, and the sugar back down:"
(Celery, cinnamon)

3. "The leaf is the kitchen where the food is done.
They breathe the air, and catch rays from the sun:"
(This photo was taken by my Mom in Connecticut. Her name is Phyllis, which means 'Green Leaf' in Greek! She has dried leaves in the kitchen - bay leaves, oregano, parsley, and basil!)

4. "The flowers are dressed so colorfully.
They hold the pollen, and attract the bees:"
(Broccoli, cauliflower)

5. "The fruit gets ripe and it falls on down.
It holds the seeds and it feeds the ground:"
(The fruit is the 'suitcase' for the seeds! Anything that has a seed, is a fruit - mango, peppers, oranges, apples, lemons, berries)

6. "The seeds get buried in the Earth and the cycle starts again with a new plant's birth:"
(You probably have the most amount of seeds in the kitchen!)

*Seeds are the foundation for literally BILLIONS OF PEOPLES' diets all over the world! 

*Wheat is a seed - we use it to make cereal, bread, and flour. 
*Corn is a seed - we use it to make tortillas, polenta, and popcorn. 
*Rice is a seed, too!

*Lentils, peas, quinoa, barley, oats, almonds, cashews, peanuts, chia, flax, peppercorns, coconut, garbanzo beans, coffee, and cocoa are ALL seeds!

How many seeds have you eaten today?

Which plant part is your favorite to eat?

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