Plant Diversity

Ginkgo trees existed for more than 350 million years, and, at this time, only one species still remains. While plant diversity generally increases over geologic time, some interesting exceptions occur. Young scientists learn about plant diversity with an in-depth presentation.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Walk around outside of the school taking photos and identifying each plant
  • Go into more detail on the evolution of plants to point out the diversity in nature today
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of plants, photosynthesis, and the parts of cells
Pros

  • Allow for editing to fit individual classes
  • Identifies all vocabulary words in red
Cons

  • None