Learning Goal: I can classify plants by the different ways they grow, feed, reproduce and look.
First, did you know there are nearly 400 000 different types of plants in the world. Yet scientists can group them into 5 main groups (the technical word scientists use for grouping is classifying).
Look at images below, can you group them into 5 main groups, and if so what would those groups be?
- Did you find a way to group them?
- Are there any other ways you might group them?
Next, watch this presentation to learn about the categories scientists group plants in to:
If you have trouble viewing the presentation open up the PowerPoint: Plant Classification
Now, go back to the original pictures of plants and regroup them with this new understanding. The picture below may help you. How does this compare with your original groupings?
Then, complete the following sentence:
I understand the key features to look for when classifying a plant are …
Finally don’t forget to share what you have learnt in this lesson with your family. Do they know how you classify plants?
- Test your knowledge with this interactive: Plant Classification
- Design and make your own creative plant classification chart
- Go and explore your garden, how different plant types can you find and identify? If you don’t have a garden maybe you can do it next time you go for a walk around your neighbourhood.
- If you want know more about plant classification watch this clip (there is some extra information about photosynthesis, but that bit doesn’t run long): The Plant Kingdom: Characteristics and Classification | Educational Videos for Kids
Work sample to upload to OneNote:
- Your response to the statement- ‘I understand the key features to look for when classifying a plant are …’
- Your own creative plant classification chart