Student reading on Florida fern anatomy, biology, and how to identify them in the field. Students will use the fern shape, spore patterns, and growth patterns to identify them on a field trip. They will record three ferns that they find.
They will check their self-generated definitions of the anatomy of ferns by solving a crossword puzzle that display a scientific definition.
Reading: Long-Strap Fern; pteridologist; rhizomes; fiddleheads
Questions p. 3: 1. all ferns are at all levels of development and the range of sizes overlap greatly 2. leaf shape and sori arrangement
Crossword Answers: Down 1. Rachis 2. fiddlehead 3. Blade 4. Pinnule Across 4. Petiole 5. Pinna 6. Rhizome 7. Frond