Subject: Science
Topics: Plant parts
Duration: 10 minutes in class, 20 minutes in the garden


Six Plant Parts | Print |  E-mail

Background and Vocabulary

  • Students will learn the six plant parts by singing an interactive song.
  • Students will make a “burrito” using the six different parts of a plant from the garden.



  • Early Fall, Spring

Group Size

  • Whole class

California State
Content Standards

L.S. 2.c

Flower: colored and usually scented product of a plant.
Fruit: product of a plant that follows the flower.
Seed: part of the plant essential for reproduction.
Leaf: part of the plant that is an offshoot of the stem and is usually green.
Stem: part of the plant that carries the leaves.
Root: underground structure which feeds the plant and holds it in place.
Shoot: above ground part of the plant.

Structure of a plant: living being with cellulose walls, and often chlorophyll and starch; it has neither a mouth nor a nervous system; its mobility and sensitivity are weaker than those of animals.



Attention Grabber

Raise your hand if you’ve ever eaten a plant! Have students give examples of different plant parts that they’ve eaten. For example: lettuce, grapes, carrots, apples, etc. These things come from different parts of the plant and there are 6 different plant parts that we can eat. Today, we are going to learn about those different plant parts and then we’ll get to eat them in the garden. Sing the song and do body movements to help connect the part of the plant (for example, for the roots, point to their feet. For their stem, point to the legs, etc.) Refer to a picture as well:

Roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits, and seeds,
Roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits, and seeds,
Roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits, and seeds,
Roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits, and seeds,

Well that’s 6 parts!

Children shout:
That’s 6 parts!
Six plant parts that plants and people need.

Garden Activity    go_top

  • While the students are collecting each part, you can give a brief explanation of the role in the plant.  For example; roots soak up water, stems hold up the plant, leaves are the “kitchen” where food is made, flower attract insects, fruit holds the seed, and seeds grow new plants.  
  • Have students make a burrito from their harvest; use the leaf as the tortilla and the rest can go inside. Or, students can eat as they go.
  • In the garden, students harvest one of each plant part.  Examples of parts include:
    • Roots- carrots, radishes
    • Stem- rhubarb, celery
    • Flower- calendula, broccoli
    • Fruit and seeds- sugar snap pea or cherry tomatoes (point out that they are eating seeds inside of the fruit)
    • Leaves- lettuce, sorrel leaf
  • Sing the chorus of the 6 plant part song and use the picture of the 6 plant parts included in the appendix.


Wrap Up


Students can eat the garden burrito and sing the song one more time. Review what they ate and ask them which plant part it is.


What’s Next?go_top

  • See if students can think about other roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits, and seeds that they’ve eaten. Review what those plant parts do for the plant
  • Enlarge the “Structure of a Plant” picture found in Download Materials. Have the students sort picture examples of the different six plants parts (e.g. broccoli, artichoke, rhubarb, and cucumber)


Download Materials go_top


Structure of a Plant