Searching for Observable Plant Characteristics

EXPLORATION

UPPER ELEMENTARY  |  SCIENCE
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Searching for Observable Plant Characteristics

Students will classify organisms into groups and relate how the determined the groups with how and why scientists use classification.

Time

45 Minutes

Setting

Inside

Collection Group

WHICH PLANT IS WHICH?

 

Standards

  • S5L1. Students will classify organisms into groups and relate how the determined the groups with how and why scientists use classification.
    • b. Demonstrate how plants are sorted into groups

Materials

  • Journals or 8.5×11 copy paper (1 per student)
  • Coloring supplies (enough for each student)

Procedures

  1. Explain to students that in their small groups, they will be searching for plants based on structures (observable characteristics) that are often used to identify and classify organisms.
  2. Distribute plant scavenger hunt checklists that may include:
    A plant with needle-like leaves
    A plant with toothed leaves
    A plant with leaves that are hairy or velvety
    A plant with waxy leaves
    A plant with pairs of leaves
    A plant with alternating leaves
    A plant with leaves in sets of three
    A plant that is flowering
    A plant with seeds in a fruit
    A plant with seeds in a nut
  3. Establish time frame, boundaries and signal for returning before sending students out to observe the various plant structures and to sketch or photograph the plants they find that have those features.

Explorations in this Collection

Sort Plants by the Creation of a Dichotomous Key

Sort Plants by the Creation of a Dichotomous Key

Modeling the Creation of a Dichotomous Key

Modeling the Creation of a Dichotomous Key

Searching for Secret Specimens

Searching for Secret Specimens

Searching for Observable Plant Characteristics

Searching for Observable Plant Characteristics