UPPER ELEMENTARY | SCIENCE
Searching for Secret Specimens
Students will classify organisms into groups and relate how the determined the groups with how and why scientists use classification.
Inside and outside
- 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
- 8.5×11 copy paper (1 per student)
- Coloring supplies (enough for each student)
- After students have explored various observable characteristics of plants, explain to students that they are going to choose one secret plant to describe in detail – the sketch and description should be so exact that it will be easy for others to identify the secret plant in the schoolyard.
- After their posters are complete, instruct students to switch posters and try to find the plant that is described on each poster by it’s observable traits.
- Then, model for students how to research to determine the correct plant identification using resources such as TreeBook app, LeafSnap app, Cooperative Extension agencies, state forest service.
- Guide students in creating final drafts of their pages for each plant (including the name, sketch, and descriptor) and bind all pages together to form a school field guide.