This flow chart fits nicely into NGSS Standard 5-LS1-1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes. Each student will research a different plant to determine whether their plants are nonvascular or vascular. From there, vascular plants are broken down into seed and seedless plants, and flowering and nonflowering plants. Each student will then add their research to a class flow chart to show the variety of types of plants. In doing their research, students will learn the differences between nonvascular and vascular plants, and how important the vascular system is for water transportation.
This lesson also includes websites to reference, or if preferred, a LiveBinder that includes the same websites. The LiveBinder would be useful for students to navigate through the sites, but ensures that students remain in a safe location on the Internet. It also offers an easier way for lower students to find the information they need and is broken up by websites specific to vascular and nonvascular plants.