The Diversity of the Plant Kingdom - A Living Plant Lab
1. To observe representatives from the four most common plant phyla.
2. To identify the similarities and differences among the sample plants.
3. To identify the characteristics that make the specimen well suited to its environment.
I use this lab when teaching my unit called "Introduction to the Plant Kingdom." My PowerPoint and notes for teacher and student can be viewed by clicking this link.
In this lab, students will circulate through 8 different lab stations. At each station, the student is required to make a drawing and answer 5 to 8 questions. The eight stations are as follows:
Station #1 Living Mosses
Station #2 Living Ferns
Station #3 Fern Gametophyte
Station #4 Living Gymnosperm
Station #5 Pine Pollen
Station #6 Living Angiosperm with Flower (dicot)
Station #7 Living Angiosperm (monocot)
Station #8 Fruits
This product comes with an 11-page packet of student worksheets. There is a worksheet for each station, an introductory page, and a 2-page final analysis section.
Also included is a 5-page teacher guide. The teacher guide has instructions for setting up the lab, as well as answers to all questions.
PLEASE NOTE: This product is included in my bundled complete unit plan which can be viewed here: The Plant Kingdom: Introduction and Classification. Complete Unit Bundle of Products.
There are 64 total questions on the student worksheets. The download will include the Word document and a PDF of the lab. The lab is easily editable to meet the needs of your students as well as your time constraints. The lab will take at least two full class periods to complete, but can easily be shortened by eliminating stations.
Suitable for biology and life science students in grades 8-12.
Materials List: Living specimen of moss, Living specimen of fern, Living specimen of gymnosperm, Living specimens of angiosperms, Stereomicroscope or hand lens, Prepared slide of Fern gametophyte, Compound microscope, Dissecting Scissors, Microscope slides, Cover slips, Prepared slide of pine pollen, Apple, Strawberry, Peanut in shell
Related products include:
Introduction to the Plant Kingdom PowerPoint with Notes for Teacher and Student
Plant Reproduction and Response Warm Ups and Interactive Notebook Pages
FREE Plant Kingdom Graphic Organizer
Introduction to the Plant Kingdom: Question and Answer Review PowerPoint
Plant Structure and Function Warm Ups and Interactive Notebook Pages
Intro to Plants Set of 3 Quizzes
Plant Evolution and Classification Warm Ups and Interactive Notebook Pages
Intro to Plant Kingdom Homework Packet / Study Guide
Intro to Plants Crossword Puzzles Set of 2
Lab: Mosses, Ferns and Liverworts
Lab: Transpiration in Plants
Intro to Plants Unit Test
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