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Ecological Literacy Unit Lesson activity plan, grade 4

 

TITLE OF ACTIVITY:

Leaf rubbings and identifying species.

ECOLOGICAL PRINCIPLE(S) BEING ADDRESSED:

Biodiversity

STANDARD(S) BEING ADDRESSED:

7.13 Interdependence and Organisms

4.6 Understanding Place

7.1 Scientific Method Observation

INQUIRY/FOCUSING QUESTIONS:

What are some of the different colors of your leaves?

Is your vein pattern palmate, parallel or pinnate?

What species of tree is your leaf from?

TOPIC:

Deciduous tree leaf prints and identification

PROCEDURES:

Bring leaves from scavenger hunt into art class.

Make leaf prints.

List colors in the leaves.

Identify leaves.

Identify vein patterns

MATERIALS:

Leaves, crayons, paper-white and black, field guides

CULTURAL HERITAGE CONNECTIONS:

Vermont’s fall foliage-leaf peepers, seasons

TASK/CONTENT-SPECIFIC ASSESSMENT:

Discussion times-anecdotal

Identification-performance

Observing patterns and colors-task

GENERALIZED-STANDARD ASSESSMENT:
7.13 Interdependence and Organisms rubric (tool)

4.6 Understanding Place rubric (tool)

7.1 Scientific Method Observation rubric (tool)