Exploring Plants Through Hands on Exploration
In this activity students will be exploring what they know and don't know about plants in a natural setting. Before any teaching of plants has been done, students will use observation skill to complete a survey of a natural plant area. A follow up exploration will be done at the end of the plant unit to evaluate the student's knowledge and progress.
- Students will strengthen observation skills.
- Students will be able to apply their learned knowledge of plants in a real setting.
- Students will be able to use correctly the words learned in class such as: simple, compound, opposite, and alternate.
Context for Use
Time: at least two sections of 30 minutes
Equipment: paper and pencil, students could use hand lenses, cameras, identification keys
Resource Type: Activities:Field Activity
Special Interest: Field-Based Teaching and Learning
Grade Level: High School (9-12), Middle (6-8)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Enhancing your Teaching:Teaching in the Field
Description and Teaching Materials
At the end of the unit, the students will repeat this activity again, either in the same area or a different area. This time test the students' knowledge of what they have recently learned in class; the things they observe can be more scripted, made up of questions or a data sheet that you create for them, based on what you have been learning and what you would like to be evaluating them on.
Teaching Notes and Tips
9-12.IV.C.3,4 - Interdependance of Life