Which Plant is Which?

Students will first go on a scavenger hunt around the schoolyard looking for observable plant characteristics. Then students will create a poster for a plant they found with a detailed sketch and description to see if the other students can find their plant based on the observable plant characteristics described. Next, students will model the creation of a dichotomous key using their shoes before they sort plants by a dichotomous key.

Concepts: Plant Classification

Essential Questions

  • How can we classify organisms into groups?

Standards Addressed

  • 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.

Explorations in this Collection

Sorting plants Photo

Sort Plants by the Creation of a Dichotomous Key

Sorting plants Photo

Modeling the Creation of a Dichotomous Key

Sorting plants Photo

Searching for Secret Specimens

Sorting plants Photo

Searching for Observable Plant Characteristics