Leaves Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is the function of a leaf and how do its parts work? This lesson plan uses a colorful video lesson to explain this to students before an activity enables students to build their own leaves.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • discuss the function of leaves
  • distinguish between different types of leaves
  • label the parts of a leaf

Length

60 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.1

Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.2

Identify the main topic of a multi-paragraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.3

Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 2 topic or subject area.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.7

Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text.

Materials

  • Assorted leaves, one for each student
  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated video lesson
  • Tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaners
  • String or yarn
  • Glue

Key Vocabulary

  • Leaf
  • Axil
  • Petiole
  • Blade
  • Midrib
  • Veins

Instructions

  • Begin by passing out the leaves, one to each student.
  • Ask each student to examine their leaf.
    • Where do leaves come from?
    • How would you describe your leaf?
    • What features can you identify on the leaf?
    • How is your leaf similar to that of your neighbor?
    • How is it different?
  • Play the video lesson Parts of a Leaf: Lesson for Kids, pausing it at 0:34.
    • Do you think your leaf came from a tree? Why or why not?
  • Play the video lesson again and pause it at 1:11.
    • Can you find an axil on your leaf?
  • Play the video lesson again. Pause it at 1:37.
    • Find the petiole on your leaf. Is it long or short?
  • Play the video lesson, pausing it this time at 2:00.
    • Can you find the blade on your leaf?
    • Rub it on a piece of paper. What color is left behind?
  • Play the video lesson and pause it at 2:21.
    • Where is the midrib on your leaf?
    • Do you think your leaf would flop over without the midrib?
  • Play the remainder of the video lesson for the class.
    • Can you find any veins on your leaf?
    • Trace along the veins on your leaf to follow the path the water would take from the leaf to the plant.
  • Pass out the worksheet to the students.
  • Have the students work in pairs to complete the worksheet.
  • When each pair has completed the worksheet, have them gather with another pair to share and compare answers.
  • Review each question and answer with the class before continuing.

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