Lesson Plan

Tree Classification

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Grade Level:
Third Grade-Fifth Grade
Subject:
Biology: Plants, Botany
Duration:
Part 1: 20 minutes, Part 2: 30 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 24 (4-8 breakout groups)
Setting:
indoors or outdoors
National/State Standards:
Science: K 1.2; 1st grade 3.1; 4th grade 2.1; 5th grade 2.1
Keywords:
taxonomy, dichotomous key

Overview

Students will learn the basics of tree identification at Great Sand Dunes and how to use a dichotomous key.

Objective(s)

Students will learn the basics of tree identification at Great Sand Dunes and how to use a dichotomous key.

Materials

Large sheets of paper and markers for teacher and each group; different kinds of similar things (i.e. beans, paper clips, buttons, etc.); Tree Classification Key (.pdf); flagging to mark teaching sites; Great Sand Dunes Plant Handbook (optional, pdf)

Procedure

Assessment

Why do people classify things in their world? What are some problems with classifying? Should we classify things?

Vocabulary

botany, classification, deciduous, dichotomous key, gymnosperm, species