This is a 250 slide PowerPoint presentation about leaf identification (Some Northeast United States but will have value if you live in another area). Student's will be able to identify features of most any broadleaf tree. Student's create a rubbing of leaf shapes using crayons and then some basics about leaf identification are provided for students to add details to their rubbing (any forest will work). The rest of the lesson includes a learn and then challenge approach to the PowerPoint medium. A neat section about Poison Ivy is also provided from my poisonous plants lesson that I offer on TpT. Also included is a two page homework / classwork sheet that chronologically follows the PowerPoint slideshow.
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
Also included is a small segment from my ecology interactions unit about relative abundance and population sampling. I like to fill a tray with leaves and have students identify the leaves and then determine the relative abundance of each species in the tray. Directions are included.
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. Also included is a small segment from Ecology Interactions unit that examines relative abundance. A neat extension project would be to have the students learn about relative abundance from the PowerPoint and then fill a tray with local leaves. Students identify the leaves and then determine their relative abundance.
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 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, and lab handouts. Everything arrives in editable format and can be modified to fit any curriculum or time requirement.
Areas of Focus in The Plant Unit: Plant photo tour, Plant Evolution, Importance of Algae, Lichens (fungi and protist), 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 is a 500+ slide ecological succession lesson with HW, Notes and more.
I also sell all 20 Science Units as a curriculum 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 300+ pages of bundled homework / assessment that chronologically follows each unit, 200+ pages of modified assessments, 325 pages of answer keys,300+ pages of unit notes, 40+ 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 UnitGeology 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)
Science from Murf LLC
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