Parts of a Plant Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Want to liven up your instruction on the parts of a plant? A text lesson guides the students through essential facts while a hands-on labeling activity allows students to show what they've learned. To take instruction even further, use our optional activities and related lessons.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • outline the parts of a plant
  • label the parts of a plant


30 minutes to 1 hour


  • Assorted small, flowering plants in soil
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Small rectangular scraps of paper punched with a hole

Curriculum Standards


Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.


Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.


Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.

Key Vocabulary

  • Shoot
  • Stem
  • Leaves
  • Petiole
  • Node
  • Inter-node
  • Flower
  • Petals
  • Sepals
  • Pistil
  • Stamen
  • Fruit
  • Seeds
  • Roots
  • Rhizome
  • Taproot
  • Lateral roots
  • Root hairs
  • Root cap
  • Root apex

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