Comparing Two Leaves
In this activity, students will be doing observations outside and working in pairs. With their partners, students will be comparing and contrasting two different types of leaves. After the students are finished, the students will share their findings with each other.
Context for Use
Resource Type: Activities:Classroom Activity, Field Activity
Special Interest: Field-Based Teaching and Learning
Grade Level: Primary (K-2)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Enhancing your Teaching:Teaching in the Field
Description and Teaching Materials
Take students on a nature walk. Stop at a few spots where you can see leaves and have students make observations. During the observation sharing, ask students questions about the leaves. Questions like: What can you tell me about this leaf? How is this different from other leaves? Why is it that shape? During the discussion, go over words that will describe or tell about a leaf. Words like vein, round edges, flat, short, narrow, sharp edges, etc. Then have students find a leaf to take it back to the classroom.
Have the students write in their journal what they saw the day before. Give the students a chance to share their thoughts and observations. Tell the students to open their journal to a clean page. Have the students glue their leaf on that page. Then have the students label their leaf. When finished, have the students share how they labeled their leaf. Then have the students find a partner and take the students outside to find two different leaves.
1. Have students get together with their partner from the day before.
2. Hand each group their two leaves.
3. Looking at their leaves, have the students ask you questions. As the students are saying the questions, make sure you are writing them on the whiteboard.
4. When you feel that the students have asked you plenty of good questions, then stop and pick three good investigable questions by circling them in a different marker.
5. Have the students look at their leaves and make a prediction.
6. From the three questions, have each group pick a question for their group.
7. Give each student a three-column worksheet to make their observations. One top of the worksheet, there should be Sample A, Share, and Sample B written respectively.
8. Tell the students that you will give them the first ten minutes to observe to with their eyes and write down what they see.
9. After the ten minutes, give each student a hand lens. Give them ten minutes to make their observations with it.
1. Have students transfer their observations from their column worksheet to a Venn diagram.
2. After they are finished with that, have the students write their claims-and-evidence statement.
2 leaves for each group (native to school environment)
Venn diagram worksheet (one for each student)
Three-column worksheet (one for each student)
Teaching Notes and Tips
2. Make sure all components (purpose, prediction, plan, observations, claims and evidence, conclusions and reflection) are taught to the students beforehand.
3. Encourage students to do the observations without help from you, the teacher.