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Functions of the parts of a plant.

Functions of the parts of a plant.

Author: Bethany Thorkelson

Grade: 1st grade

CCSS Standard- RI.1. Ask and answer questions about key details in a text. 

Content Standard- ISTE Standard: Empowered Learner-Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences. 1.d. Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.

NETS Standard: Life Sciences. 2. Plants and animals meet their needs in different ways. As a basis for understanding

this concept: e. Students know roots are associated with the intake of water and soil nutrients

and green leaves are associated with making food from sunlight. 

ELD Standard- Part I.B. Interpretive.6- Reading/Viewing Closely-Describe ideas, phenomena (e.g., plant life cycle), and text elements (e.g., characters) based on understanding of a select set of grade‐level texts and viewing of multimedia with substantial support.

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Functions to the stem that helps a plant grow and survive.

The stem is like a pipe where the minerals from water and soil and glucose energy food from the leaf travels throughout the plant to help it grow. The stem also supports the plant which can be a stem of a small daisy flower or a stem or trunk of a giant tree.

Source: Functions Of The Stem. (2017, February 09). Retrieved March 17, 2018, from

REVIEW the parts

Review the image of the 4 parts of a plant. Then answer the question based on what we learned last week.

Source: Kids Growing Strong. (n.d.). Parts of a Plant. Retrieved March 17, 2018, from

Functions of the root to help plants grow and survive.

We know that roots absorb the water and minerals from the soil, but how? Tiny hairs on the roots help with that. The leftover minerals and water are also stored for later. The roots also helps "anchor" the plant so that the plant does not fall over. 

Plant Root Hairs

Source: Images, I. A. (2014, July 29). Image from page 409 of "Science for beginners" (1921). Retrieved March 17, 2018, from

Functions of the leaf

The leaf has a major role in a plant. It absorbs sunlight in photosynthesis creating food for the plant called glucose. A stomata found inside of a leaf also produces oxygen, carbon dioxide, and water vapor into the air. 

Source: GCSE Bitesize: Using glucose. (n.d.). Retrieved March 17, 2018, from

Flower functions

The flower has many functions. Not only does it produce pollen for bees to collect, but also for most plants it helps create more of that plant called reproduction. Some plant's flowers contain seeds that either fall from the wind, from bees collecting, or just naturally fall into the dirt. 

Review all the parts and their functions.

Source: GCSE Bitesize: Using glucose. (n.d.). Retrieved March 18, 2018, from

The BIG picture! Why Plants are important to Earth!

Using your knowledge from what we learned about the functions of parts of a plant, complete the short answer QUIZ. You may use your notes.