Learn about the parts of a leaf with this fun printable leaf worksheet and coloring pages! The parts of a leaf is such a fun activity to do in the fall. Find out what are the different leaf parts and their functions. Pair it with these other fall science activities too!
PARTS OF A LEAF FOR KIDS
EXPLORE LEAVES FOR FALL
Leaves are so much fun to incorporate into science and art lessons each fall, or any time of the year. Learning with leaves can be hands-on and kids love it! There are so many different types of leaves found in nature, and different shapes too!
There are all kinds of projects you can do involving leaves, and each year we have a hard time choosing because we want to do them all!
We enjoy doing these leaf art and crafts, learning about why leaves change color in the fall, and setting up simple experiments to investigate how water travels through leaves and how plants breath through their leaves.
PARTS OF A LEAF
Use our printable labelled leaf diagram (free download below) to learn the basic leaf parts. Students can see the different parts of a leaf, discuss what each part does, and then color the leaves in.
Petiole. A stalk that attaches the leaf to the stem of the plant. It can be long, think about celery and rhubarb, or short. On some leaves, there may no petiole.
Midrib. The thick, central vein that runs down the middle of the leaf. If you turn a leaf over you can sometimes feel the midrib vein because it sticks out. The midrib provides support for the leaf and transports nutrients and water to the different areas of the leaf through other veins.
Veins. The lines or patterns you can see on the surface of a leaf. Leaf veins are made up of two types of continuous long thin tubes.
Xylem, which transports water from the roots of the plant to the leaves via capillary action. Phloem, which takes the food made in the leaves via photosynthesis, to the rest of the plant.
Blade. The main part of the leaf. It can broad and flat, or long and narrow like grass.
Tip. The end point of the leaf blade.
Extend the learning by going outside and collecting various types of leaves. Can you identify the different parts of the leaf described above? How are they similar or different to each other? Why do you think that might be?
CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR PRINTABLE LEAF DIAGRAM!
PLANTS FOR KIDS
Looking for more plant lesson plans? Here are few suggestions for fun plant activities that would be perfect for preschoolers and easy plant experiments for elementary to middle school.
Learn about the apple life cycle with these fun printable activity sheets!
Use art and craft supplies to learn about the different parts of a plant and the function of each.
Use a few simple supplies you have on hand to grow these cute grass heads in a cup.
Grab some leaves and find out how plants breath with this simple activity.
Learn about how water moves through the veins in a leaf.
Watching flowers grow is an amazing science lesson for kids of all ages. Find out what are easy flowers to grow!
See up close how a seed grows and what would actually be happening under the ground with a seed germination jar.
LEARN ABOUT THE PARTS OF A LEAF
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