Thank you for considering the “Let’s Map: A Leaf” file. I have found this to be an excellent way for students to learn and remember the parts of a leaf.
When students map a leaf, they assign colors and/or patterns to each part they need to identify. They fill in the key and the part with the assigned color/pattern. In the example on the right, the student chose orange with black dots for the branch. She then colored the correct part using that pattern and color combination.
This file includes five levels of leaf identification:
*The first picture labels the branch, blade, midrib, veins, stem, and tip (this picture would work well as a student’s first introduction to the parts of a leaf)
*The second picture labels the branch, lamina, midrib, veins, petiole, apex, axil, node and margin
*The third picture labels the branch, lamina, midrib, veins, petiole, apex, axil, node, margin, sinus, lobe and directs the student to draw and label the stipules
*The fourth (with arrows) and fifth (without arrows) pictures allow the student to label the individual parts without a key (this is helpful in case the terminology used in your classroom differs from those given on the previous pictures)
You can have your students use solid colors to differentiate between the parts or you can let them run wild and choose patterns and designs. Either way, this activity is great for referencing what they’ve learned. It also works well as a classroom or hallway bulletin board display.
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If you have any questions or suggestions concerning this activity, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.