This lesson includes built-in class notes (red slides), built-in hands on activities with instructions, built-in visual quizzes, review game (200 slides with answers), 5 page homework, answer keys, lesson notes, and much more. (Over 1,000 Slides)
Note: I've also included my leaf identification lesson so that you can use the new 200 slide PowerPoint Review Game (Included) that reviews the entire set of lessons.
The PowerPoint begins with a picture of a White Oak leaf and students need to describe the leaf. They generally use words like green and large, the next slide reveals some terminology associated with leaf structure. I describe in the PowerPoint how there are thousands of different plant species and a lot criteria is used to identify leaves. Student are then asked make a rubbing of a few leaves using crayons and paper (notebook will work). A series of slides dives deep into features of leaf identification. Common leaves are then describe with little hints to help students remember. Many of these leaves are leaves common to the Northeast United States (Pictures can easily be swapped to trees of your area). Conifer trees are also discussed before the students take a built in PowerPoint quiz that has many of the leaves we have learned. Answers are provided after the quiz. The question is previewed before the answer is revealed so the teacher can call upon students. This is a highly visual PowerPoint that makes identifying leaves easy and fun. I usually go for a walk with the students before the quiz and have students try and identify some leaves / trees around the playground.
This PowerPoint begins describing plant life cycles. Students learn the difference between angiosperms and gymnosperms. A series of questions challenge the students to identify between the two with labeled pictures. Pollen is described and some close up pictures / microscopic images presented and allergies are mentioned. Flowers are then presented and a photo tour provided. A link some great them music is provided and 77 beautiful images / slides of flowers are shown. The music and pleasant imagery is always a relaxing few minutes of the day for students and staff. Perfect vs. Imperfect flowers are described. Students then make a step by step drawing of a flower and all of the parts get labeled. A slide describes a flower dissection activity. I usually visit a local florist and they give my really nice but less than perfect flowers for free. I have also gone out picking flowers. The teacher provides each students with a piece of clear packaging tape. The students remove the parts of the flower one at a time and place them on the tape. They then place the clear tape onto paper so the parts of the flower are laminated in a way. Students then label their paper with the parts of the flower with a series of slides and visuals. A neat activity has some students go the board and solve a puzzle. A picture of a flower has been broken into several .jpeg images. Teacher minimizes out of the slideshow and assists students in moving the pieces as they describe on the board to complete the puzzle. A visual quiz 1-10 is then provided that shows images for the parts of a flower. A scoring template sheet is provided for students to record answers. The answers are provided at the end so the students can self-assess. The lesson then addresses fruits. A slide has students name as many fruits as they can. I do an activity where everyone stands and then we go around the room and if you can name a fruit you survive to the next round. Exotic fruits are then shown in a series of slides. A health alert series of slides describes the dangers of eating wild berries (Poisonous) and some challenge questions about blueberries vs. the Poisonous berries are presented with answers. Next a series of pictures show flowers and the common fruits that they become. Fruits vs. vegetables are discussed and a fun 1-10 visual quiz has students decide if each picture is of a fruit or vegetable. Students stand and make symbols if the picture is a fruit or vegetable. Images of a hippy making the peace sign for vegetables is described in the directions as is Ronnie James Heavy Metal Vocalist making an F shape for fruit. Answers after each question. Parts of a fruit are described in a step by step approach with visuals. Students then are presented a series of challenge slides that has them identify the exocarp, mesoncarp, and endocarp. Types of fruits are then described with examples (Simple Fruits, Aggregrate Fruits, Multiple Fruits, Dehiscent) A Fruit Dissection Activity concludes the PowerPoint in which the teacher provides fruits to the class and the students open up the fruits (plastic knives will do the trick), label the parts, try to decide what type of fruit it is and then consume it. This requires the teacher visit the grocery store the night before. I always go a little overboard and buy some neat exotic fruits as well. Some fruits that work well, strawberries, raspberries, orange, apple, kiwi, Pepper, grapes, pineapple, tomato. Directions to the activity are included. Seed dispersal with a focus on animal and fruits is also provided. A series of hidden box games hide a relevant picture beneath some shapes. Each slide removers more shapes and students take guesses about the picture beneath. This is a visually stimulating and effective lesson I have been using for years.
Botany Entire Unit on TpT Link
This unit includes all of the lessons below in one organized folder....
-Botany Unit Homework, Lesson Notes, Answer Keys, and PowerPoint Freebies
-Introduction to Botany, Set-up for plant grow study Lesson and much more.
-Plant Evolution, Algae, Lichens, Non-Vascular Plants, HW, Notes, and much more
-Seeds, Young Plants, Monocotyledons and Dicotyledons, (600 slides, HW, Notes, and much more)
- Seed Dispersal Lesson, (Water Dispersal) Island Biogeography Lesson (450 slides, Quiz, more)
-Botany Unit PowerPoint Review Game I
-Plants, Roots, Water, Leaves, Photosynthesis, Vascular Plants (800 Slides, HW, Notes, and much more)
-Plant Hormones Lesson
-Botany Unit PowerPoint Review Game II
-Botany Unit Crossword Puzzle with Solution
-Leaf Identification Lesson with Relative Abundance Extension Lesson
-Flowers, Fruits, and Plant Life Cycles Lesson (450 Slides, HW, Notes, and more)
Science Curriculum that I offer on TpT
Entire 4 year Science Curriculum, 20 Full Units (50,000 Slides) HW, Notes, and much more
This PowerPoint includes critical notes (Red Slides), exciting visuals, challenge questions, activities with directions and more. Text is usually placed at the top of the slide so it can be read from all angles of a classroom. Color coded slides, as well as a shade technique is used to increase student focus and allows the teacher to control the pace of the lesson. These PowerPoints are meant to be interactive as possible and ask many questions, provides built in review opportunities, explains directions to activities, and much more.
Please visit my other posting on TpT called The Plant Topics Entire Unit which includes this PowerPoint within the five part 3,600+ slide PowerPoint roadmap, 13 page bundled homework / assessment, 8 page modified assessment, detailed answer keys, and 19 pages of unit notes for students who may require assistance that chronologically follow the PowerPoint slideshow. The answer keys and unit notes are great for support professionals. This larger file also includes PowerPoint review games (2 games 110+ slides each), 7 .flv videos, lab handouts, activity sheets, rubrics, and much more.
Areas of Focus in The Plant Unit: Plant photo tour, Plant Evolution, Importance of Algae, Lichens, The Three Types of Lichens, Non-Vascular Plants, Bryophytes, Seedless Vascular Plants (Ferns), Seeds, Seed Dormancy, Factors that Break Seed Dormancy, Germination, Parts of a Young Plant, Monocots and Dicots, Roots and Water, Types of Roots, Water Uptake and Photosynthesis, Plant Hormones, Types of Plant Tissues, Xylem and Phloem, Woody Plants, Leaves, Light and Plants, Transpiration, Guard Cells, Leaf Identification, Plant Life Cycles,
Seed Plant Life Cycles, Parts of a Flower, Matured Ovaries (Fruits), Types of Fruit and much more.
Also included in the whole unit is a 500+ slide Ecological Succession PowerPoint, HW, Notes and more.
I also sell all 20 Science Units as digital hard good bundle on TpT. This includes all 20 units (50,000+ slides), in Life, Earth, and Physical Science for students in grades 5-10, This also includes 275 pages of bundled homework / assessment that chronologically follows each unit, 175 pages of modified assessments, 325 pages of answer keys, 260 pages of unit notes, 37 PowerPoint review games (5000+ slides), 315 videos, hundreds of pages of handouts, First Day PowerPoint, Guidebook, and Four Year Curriculum Guide and classroom license.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Thanks again and best wishes.
Ryan Murphy M.Ed
Below are the links to the 20 units of study that I offer on TpT for individual purchase. All of these are included in the curriculum purchase.
Physical Science Units
Science Skills Unit
Laws of Motion and Simple Machines Unit
Matter, Energy, and the Environment Unit
Atoms and Periodic Table of the Elements Unit
Physical Science Curriculum
Physical Science Bundle Package (4 Units)
Life Science Units
Human Body System and Health Topics Unit
Cellular Biology Unit
Infectious Diseases Unit
DNA and Genetics Unit, Cell Division
Taxonomy and Classification Unit
Evolution and Natural Selection, Change Topics Unit
Ecology Feeding Levels Unit
Ecology Interactions Unit
Ecology Abiotic Factors Unit
Life Science Curriculum
Life Science Bundle Package (10 Units)
Earth Science Units
Weathering, Soil Science, Soil Conservation, Ice Ages, Glaciers Unit
Astronomy Topics Unit
Geology Topics Unit
Weather and Climate Unit
Earth Science Curriculum Bundle
Earth Science Curriculum (6 Units)
Water, Water Quality, Rivers, Lakes, and Fish Units
Water on Earth, Properties of Water, Water Pollution Unit
Rivers, Lakes, and Water Quality Unit (Salmon, Fish, and more)
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