Plant Classification Teacher Resources
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Introduction to Plant Classification
Here is a terrific, one-hour lesson on plant taxonomy. In it, learners discover the three bases that plants can be classified under. They view a slide show on plants and practice correctly classifying each plant shown. Then, they take a walk around the school and identify angiosperms and gymnosperms. A good worksheet is embedded in the plan which will help them with their identifications.
Classifying Plants Using Technology
Students study taxonomic groupings in order to classify plants. They photograph, analyze, and compare species on the school grounds. They use the digital pictures they took to create a slideshow presentation.
For this plant classification worksheet, students classify plants into flowering and non flowering plants. Students classify 14 different kinds of plants.
The Diversity of Plants
Young scholars discuss the importance of classifying plants. In this biology lesson, students differentiate vascular from non-vascular plants. They give examples of plants that belong to those groups.
If you teach basic botany or a landscape design course, this presentation is practically perfect. Begin with classification and nomenclature methods and move into the characteristics of leaves that make plant identification possible: leaf type, arrangement, venation, shape, and margin. In addition to being educational, this PowerPoint is a visual feast! Follow it up with some practice using a dichotomous key to identify plants around campus.
Learners are introduced to the concept of classification as it relates to objects, information, and characteristics. In this classification lesson, students research a variety of animals. Learners study the Linnaeus's system of classifying plants and animals on seven levels. Students use the scientific classification system to identify a plant or animal and make significant connections regarding the Latin root based language of each term.
Students use a dichotomous key and levels of taxonomy to classify aliens. They examine sample specimens and discuss how to classify organisms, memorize a mnemonic device for the taxonomic levels, observe the teacher model how to classify an alien, and complete the worksheets independently.
How Can Plants Be Grouped?
In this plant classification activity, students compare plants with flowers and plants with cones by filling in the blank of 7 statements.
Classify UT Plants and Animals
Students practice using 2 different plant classification keys to identify species. They make choices between the similarities and differences between their object and the classification scheme.
School Yard Park/ Ecosystem
Fifth graders examine ecosystems in their schoolyard. In this nature and ecosystem lesson, 5th graders map their schoolyard into workable plots. They classify plants and animals found in the plot. They revisit their site every two weeks throughout the school year to observe and record changes. They look at plant growth, animal sightings, temperature changes, and moisture.
Learners apply newly learned plant classification vocabulary as they identify mystery plants. In this plant classification lesson, students, working in small groups, apply the dichotomous key as they identify images of unknown plants.
How Can Plants Be Sorted?
In this plant classification instructional activity, learners will observe a variety of different plants and categorize each plant by its flowers, leaves, and spines. This instructional activity had 13 fill in the blank questions.
Salinity Of Soil
Fourth graders investigate the contents of various types of soil to determine the differences in salinity levels. They conduct an experiment of observing the plants in the different soils. Students then determine survival rates by conducting observations and recording data.
Students share with the class how they think plants are classified and are assessed on their prior knowledge. They use a packet to complete throughout the week at their own pace, which includes various activities to familiarize themselves with the plant kingdom.
How Do Parts Help Classify Plants?
In this classifying plants worksheet, students will brainstorm different types of roots, stems, and leaves and determine how those differences help scientist classify plants into different categories.
Learners classify plants and animals according to their characteristics.
Plant and Animal Classification
Students examine a painting by Frans Snyders and use Internet research to classify the animals portrayed in the painting according to genus and species.
Young biologists discuss the reasons behind the current use of the plant identification system. They get into groups and identify the characteristics of each species of plant which is described. The keys needed for groups to make determinations are embedded in the plan. This impressive lesson leads to greater understanding of the plant identifcation process, and it introduces pupils to the Latin terminology which is often used throughout the scientific process.
It's Challenging Being Green!
Young scholars influence the plant life cycle as they take care of plants.In this caring for plants lesson, students understand the parts of the plant and their functions in keeping it alive. Young scholars participate in experiments with plants and observe and record the results. Students write a story as if they were plants.
Life in an Ecosystem
Students classify living things according to their characteristics and functions. They observe living things grow, move, use food, and adapt to changes around them. As the students work through the subtasks in this unit, they make connections between the natural and human effects on living species.