In this activity, your students will have the opportunity to gain a further understanding of how all of the plant life around them is related by exploring the relationships among their plant specimens. Students should follow the steps on the Plant Classification student sheet to gather and classify their plant specimens. Provide a regional field guide to your students for the completion of this portion of the activity.
Then they should use the Encyclopedia of Life (http://www.eol.org) to complete the table on the student sheet.
[Note: If it is not possible for your class to participate in field work, you should collect several samples the morning of the activity, preserve them in moist paper towels, and have students identify the collected specimens using field guides in class.]
Example Table: Plant Classification
This example table has two grassland species encountered at a research field station in the Angelo Reserve in California where scientists are conducting research on climate change and responses of organisms to changes in precipitation regimes. For more examples of the species and information about the research, see http://www.eurekalert.org/features/kids/2007-02/aaft-mtt012607.php “More time tells a different story about plants and climate change” article from EurekAlert’s 1 February 2007 issue.This teacher sheet is a part of the Grassland Plants: Plant Classification lesson.