Plant Parts Salad Bar Teacher's Page

A WebQuest for Grades 1-2, WebQuest Agricultural Series
by Missouri Farm Bureau and Missouri State University 


Materials needed for the ending project are 6 paper plates per student (inexpensive ones, not foam), crayons, pencils, and a stapler.

This is a great website for introducing the plant parts lesson before the students go on their quest. Its information concentrates on incorporating plant parts and vegetables. It has lesson plan discussions and worksheets. It also recommends some good books for further reading.

This site has a plant parts song toward the bottom of the page to the “I’m a Little Teapot” tune (some other parts of the page don't work).

Another plant part song can be found here.

An additional class survey activity: Materials- 6 tin clean and empty vegetable cans, writing instruments, 1 popsicle stick for each student, paper, and chart paper. Process- Label each tin can with the name of a plant part. Have the students find their favorite vegetable on this web page, write that vegetable name on a popsicle stick as well as their name, and place their stick in the appropriate plant part can. As a class discuss votes put into each can-whether they are in the correct can, and how many in each. Have students work in small groups to come up with a summary or evaluation sentence about the class results. Chart those on big paper as a group.

Another activity to focus on the above vs. below ground location of the parts is to gather pictures of the foods and as a group discuss where they would be found. Any foods found above ground, have a student place the picture on top of a table. Any foods found below ground, have a student place the picture below the table.

An observation activity would be to purchase a variety of the plant parts in fresh vegetable form and lay them out for student observation. You may want to have some of them sliced. The students can observe, touch, smell, etc. Then write observations of similarities and differences between the parts. Discuss those as a class. You could also add into the discussion whether the plants grow on a vine, bush, tree, etc.

“Who grew my soup” by Tom Darbyshire 
"Plant Plumbing" by Susan Blackaby 
"Farmers Market" by Carmen Parks

Science: Strand 3, Sec. 1A
Health: Essential Nutrients, Sec. 2; Nutrition, A

National Standards Page

This WebQuest meets a variety of National Standards for reading and technology.

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This page was developed by Debra Garrett, reviewed by Lyndon and the late Barbara Irwin and is maintained by Missouri Farm Bureau. 

Please address questions to Diane Olson at Missouri Farm Bureau.