The category "root vegetable" is a culinary one rather than a botanical/scientific one. They comprise of more than true root vegetables like carrots, parsnips but also include bulbs, rhizomes, tubers and other underground plant structures. Let's learn about this broad category of vegetables and also make a creative fun math exercise from this activity.

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Printable & Activity Objectives

Age: 8 to 9 year olds, Activity Time: 1-2 hours, Items Needed: Writing and colouring pencils

This activity will allow students to learn about basic addition through role playing as store owners at a farmers' market selling common root vegetables.

It will help your child or student with:

  1. Enhancing Mathematical Understanding: By applying mathematical concepts to real-life situations, students gain a deeper understanding of the subject.
  2. Provides a Meaningful Learning Experience: Using real-life situations to teach addition provides students with a meaningful learning experience that they can relate to and apply in their daily lives.
  3. Learning about Different Root Vegetables: Students will learn how to differentiate between the botanical and culinary definitions of root vegetables.

Let's start learning!

How to Get Started

Simple steps to start:

  • Research and learn more about plant roots, root vegetables and how they're defined from a botanical perspective. Here's a good video explaining more about plant roots:
  • Here's are some good definitions of the different types of root vegetables:
Differences between bulb, corm, rhizome, root, and tuber - AgriHunt - A Hunt for Agricultural Knowledge
Tubers, rhizomes, corms, and bulbs actually all serve the same purpose, just differently. They are each a storage unit for nutrients that give the plant the energy it needs to grow, bloom, and complete its life cycle. The energy is created and stored by the photosynthesis of the leaves. It’s importa…
  • Here's an interesting time lapse videos about how a carrot (true root) and a potato (stem tuber) grows over and under soil:
  • Get started on the printable worksheet!

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What's in the Printable Worksheet Pack

This printable activity pack consists of 5 creative printable worksheets. Here's what it consists of:

  • 1 Root vegetable labelling and price sheets
  • 2 Root vegetable math (addition) exercise (3 math questions on each sheet) sheets
  • 1 Root vegetable labelling and price template
  • 1 Root vegetable math (addition) exercise template

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