Lesson Plan

Inspector Flora

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Grade Level:
Second Grade-Fourth Grade
Subject:
Art, Biology: Plants, Botany
Duration:
45 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 36
Setting:
outdoors
National/State Standards:
Colorado Science:
2nd grade 2.2, 4th grade 2.1
Visual Arts:
2-4th grade 3.1
Keywords:
botany, wildflower

Overview

Students will observe wildflowers while learning to identify the main parts of a flower.

Objective(s)

Students will observe wildflowers while learning to identify the main parts of a flower.

Background

Long ago, during the the age of the dinosaurs, there were no flowering plants. Conifers, mosses, ferns, and other primitive species of plants dominated the flora of that time. After the great extinction which ended the reign of the dinosaurs and ushered in the age of the mammals, flowers finally began to appear on the landscape. Today, flowers abound and many different types can be found at Great Sand Dunes during the spring, summer, and early fall.

Explore Great Sand Dunes' web page on plants for more on the many flowering plants of the park and preserve.

Materials

My Flower worksheet (.pdf), pencils, clipboards

Procedure

Vocabulary

botany, composite, dicot, disk flower, monocot, ray flower