# Leaf Identification Lesson Plan

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

Educate your students about leaf identification with this helpful lesson plan. They will study a text lesson, take a quiz to follow up, and participate in a fun, hands-on activity about leaves.

## Learning Objectives

After this lesson on leaf identification, your students will be able to:

• Determine whether leaves are simple or compound
• Distinguish between palmate and pinnate leaves
• Explain what leaves actually are and their main function

1 - 1.5 Hours

## Key Vocabulary

• Compound leaves
• Gingko
• Leaflets
• Palmate
• Pinnate
• Simple leaves
• Vein

## Curriculum Standards

• CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

• CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.3

Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

## Instructions

• Let your students know they will be studying the interesting topic known as leaf identification.
• Ask them if anyone is familiar with the topic or has ever spent time actually identifying leaves.
• Review the seven key vocabulary terms.
• Pass out copies of the text lesson Types of Leaves: Structure & Arrangement.
• Read the introduction and the first section, 'What Makes a Leaf a Leaf?
• What part of the human body are leaves similar to in their functioning?
• Like lungs, are leaves responsible for gas exchange?
• What are the two groups of leaves?
• Next read the section 'Simple Leaves and Their Structures.'
• What kinds of blades do simple leaves have?
• What is the central stem on a compound leaf called?
• Can you name four examples of simple leaves?
• Now read the section 'Compound Leaves and Their Structures.'
• What kind of blades do compound leaves have?
• What are palmate compound leaves?
• What are pinnate compound leaves?
• Can you name four examples of compound leaves?
• Does a gingko leaf appear to be simple or compound?
• To which group does a gingko leaf belong?
• What can be helpful in the field of leaf identification?
• Now read the section 'Lesson Summary' of this leaf identification lesson, recap the entire lesson, and ask your students if they have any pertinent questions.
• Lastly, have your students take the lesson quiz to demonstrate their grasp of these newly acquired facts.

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