Strawberry Facts: Lesson for Kids

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  • 0:03 What Is a Strawberry?
  • 0:37 Cool Facts
  • 1:19 Growing Strawberries
  • 1:48 When Are Strawberries…
  • 2:33 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Diane Sieverson

Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.

Strawberries are a common fruit that most people recognize, but there are some things you might not know about them. This lesson will teach you about strawberries, like where they are grown and some cool facts about them.

What Is a Strawberry?

You wait anxiously as the sweet, red, juicy berries are sliced and sprinkled all over your shortcake. Next comes the whipped cream, and then you dig in for the perfect bite! The sweet, slightly sour berry hits your tongue, and it's delicious! That beautiful red fruit on your shortcake is a strawberry!

A strawberry is a soft, juicy, red fruit that grows on a plant low to the ground. You've probably eaten many strawberries and think you know all there is to know about them, but this common fruit has some juicy secrets!

Cool Facts

Speaking of juicy secrets, the last time you smelled a rose and enjoyed its sweet scent, you were sniffing a relative of the strawberry! Though they are very different plants, strawberries and roses are in the same family. Also, despite their name, some scientists don't even think of strawberries as true berries because true berries have seeds on the inside, not the outside. It's like the strawberry put its clothes on inside out!

There are about 200 seeds on the outside of a typical strawberry, but those seeds aren't really seeds! All of those tiny 'seeds' that get stuck in your teeth are actually little fruits themselves, called achenes (pronounced a-KEENS)! Inside each one of those tiny fruits is an even tinier seed!

Growing Strawberries

Strawberries are grown all over the world and in every one of the fifty states in the U.S. They grow best in weather that isn't too hot or too cold, but just right. Even though strawberries have a lot of tiny seeds, they aren't used to grow most strawberry plants. Strawberry plants produce skinny shoots, called runners, when they grow, which take root once they touch the dirt. From there, more strawberry plants develop, more delicious strawberries grow, and more runners are produced.

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