Lesson Plan

Which Plant Is Which?

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Learn about dichotomous keys, plant identification, and how to care for the planet with a lesson that includes several hands-on and innovative activities. Kids go on a plant scavenger hunt and classify the plants that they find before researching one specific plant, and designing a Most Wanted poster for it. Then, they work on creating their own dichotomous keys, and plant a garden based on the classifications they have discovered.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Use the activities over the course of a week, a few months, or the entire school year, according to what best fits your curriculum
  • Have kids group animals in the same way to reinforce the concept of a dichotomous key
  • Includes several worksheets, reference pages and links, and a rubric for assessment
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