Plant Parts and Pumpkins

by  Royal Botanical Gardens (Canada)

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What are the different parts of a plant and what are their functions? We'll examine a variety of plants and compare their parts - Are all plants the same? If not, why not? How are these different parts suited to their environment and enable these plants to survive. We'll explore in more detail, the pumpkin, its parts and their functions.

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About This Program


By Request: $140.00
By Request Premium: $135.00

USD for American and other international schools
CAD for Canadian schools.
IMPORTANT: The price will increase to $135 on January 1, 2017. Book a program before that date and pay the 2016 price - $130.

Lesson price is for groups of up to 35 students.
Invoices are sent out at the end of each month.
Payment is accepted in both currencies by cheque/check or credit card.


Maximum 45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, Adult Learners

Minimum participants:

Preferably no less than 5.

Maximum participants:

For optimum interactivity, we suggest no more than 35 students

Primary Disciplines


Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs cancelled due to nature i.e. snow days. The full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 48 hours notice.

About This Provider

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Royal Botanical Gardens (Canada)

Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Royal Botanical Gardens is a living museum which serves local, regional and global communities while developing and promoting public understanding of the relationship between the plant world, humanity and the rest of nature.

Education at Royal Botanical Gardens encourages environmental stewardship by providing meaningful and diverse learning experiences that connect people with the wild and cultivated plant world. 
With over 12 years experience delivering engaging interactive videoconferencing programs, we offer topics that explore biodiversity, conservation, botany, plant ecology and the environment., Whether you are looking for an insect program; a program exploring wetlands, their functions and human impacts or you want to discover more about a delicious chocolate treat; we have a wide variety of plant-based programs to support and enhance your classroom needs or stimulate and entertain older adults. 
No matter where you are, your group can interact with our educators and scientists.

Karin Davidson-Taylor
905-527-1158 x249

Program Details


1. We begin by discussing what a plant needs to survive and how this compares to our needs.
2. We look at a basic plant and identify its parts (leaf, stem, root, flower, seed, fruit)
3. Participants will play a game with the presenter recognizing plant parts of plants from different environments.
4. We'll look at a pumpkin and identify the parts and what their functions are.
5. Draw a pumpkin plant - can you remember all the parts?


The participant will:
- engage in a discussion about what plants need to survive
- explore and identify different plant parts and their functions
- develop an appreciation that different plants inhabit different environments and are able to survive because of external features

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Life Science: K- 4
The Characteristics of Organisms:
• Organisms have basic needs. Organisms can survive only in environments in which their needs can be met.
• Each plant or animal has different structures that serve different functions in growth, survival and reproduction.

Life Cycles of Organisms:
• Plants have life cycles that include being born, developing into adults, reproducing and eventually dying. The details of this life cycle are different for different organisms.
• Plants (and animals) closely resemble their parents.

State Standards

California: Science Content Standard
Grade 1:
A) students know that different plants and animals inhabit different kinds of environments and have external features that help them thrive in different kinds of places.
B) Students know both plants and animals need water, animals need food, and plants need light
E) Students know that roots are associated with the intake of water and soil nutrients and green leaves are associated with making food from sunlight

Indiana Content Standards: The Living Environment
Kindergarten: Students ask questions about a variety of living things and everyday events that can be answered through shared observations.
Diversity of Life:
• Give examples of plants (and animals).
• Observe plants and animals, describing how they are alike and how they are different in the way they look and in the things they do.

Grade 1: (as above). They become aware of plant and animal interactions. They consider things and processes that plants (and animals) need to stay alive.
Diversity of Life:
• Observe and describe that there can be differences, such as size or markings, among the individuals within one kind of plant (or animal group).
Interdependence of Life:
• Explain that most living things need water, food and air.

Grade 2: (as above). They begin to understand plant and animal interactions.
Diversity of Life:
• Observe and identify different external features of plants and animals and describe how these features help them live in different environments.
Interdependence of Life:
• Observe and explain that plants and animals need water, animals need to take in food and plants need light.