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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.
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.
Students are introduced to the concept of classification as it relates to objects, information, and characteristics. In this classification instructional activity, students research a variety of animals. Students 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.
Young scholars 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.
Fifth graders examine ecosystems in their schoolyard. In this nature and ecosystem lesson plan, 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.
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.
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.
Students 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. Students participate in experiments with plants and observe and record the results. Students write a story as if they were plants.