Plant Part Salad Activity

Published February 29, 2012 | Updated November 13, 2015
Subject: Science, Other
Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Place of Learning: Garden, Kitchen
Resource Type: Lessons
Grade Level: Grade 1, Grade 2 , Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Uploaded by:
Iris DeSerio

This lesson is a fun and easy way to learn about the different parts of a plant. In this lesson students go over the six different plant parts, before making a salad using an ingredient from each plant part. This lesson can take place in the garden or the classroom.


 During the lesson students will:

  • Discuss the parts of the plant they know.
  • Discuss the functions of each plant part.
  • Brainstorm some common foods that fit into each category.
  • Learn how to harvest different plants from the garden (if doing the activity in a garden).
  • Help prepare and eat a salad with their peers.

 Students will be able to:

  • Identify the 6 basic plant parts (roots, stem, leaves, flowers, fruit, and seeds).
  • Define the functions of each plant part.
  • Identify common, edible plants that fit into each category.
  • Large writing surface.
  • Plant part cards with description of what role each plant part plays.
  • Salad ingredients to make a salad with the 6 different plant parts. Examples: Radishes or carrots (root), Celery (stem), Lettuce (leaves), Marigold petals (flower), Apples (fruit), and Sunflower seeds (seeds).
  • Ingredients for a salad dressing.
  • Bowls, knives, cutting boards, plates, and forks for preparing and serving the salad.



At the Opening Circle:

  • Introduce the lesson for the day.
  • Ask the students if they know what the 6 different plant parts are (record on board).
  • Ask if they can name some of the functions of each plant part.
  • Have the students read aloud from the Plant Part Cards. Write any additional plant functions on the board next to the corresponding plant part. 
  • Ask students to brainstorm what foods might fit into each of the categories (record on board).

In the Garden:

  • Explain to students that they will be making a salad using an ingredient from each plant part.
  • Ask the students if there is anything growing in the garden right now that is one of the 6 plant parts.
  • Have students harvest the appropriate plants.
  • As a class, prepare the salad and review the parts of the plant and their roles in the process.

At the Closing Circle:

  • Have students serve each other salad. While eating the salad quiz the students on the parts of the plant and their roles etc.
  • Facilitate a discussion of what they learned and how they can continue to eat the different parts of the plant.


This activity can take place indoors with all of the salad ingredients being harvested or bought beforehand.

Further Plant Part Activity

Below is another plant part activity called "Plant Part Factory" from the UC Davis Children's Garden Program. In this activity the youth act out the roles the different parts of the plant have. This is a great activity!


I have taught a similar lesson on Plant Part Salad and it's great lesson to use year round with limitless possibilities. We harvested some ingredients from the garden and children brought some ingredients from home, Stone Soup style. One student brought in some garlic chives, another a lemon from her friends tree and another some pistachios she hadn't eaten at snack time. A very enjoyable learning opportunity for all grades. Thank you for sharing the plant part activity as well!

5 years ago