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Be a Plant
Detective
What you need:
Notebook
Colored pencils
Pencil
Tape measure
What you do:
1. Go on a nature walk. Observe the
plants you see.
2. Choose a plant and draw it in
your notebook. Label the parts of
the plant.
3. Is it a tree, shrub, or an herb?
4. Does the plant have flowers, nuts,
or berries? Be sure to draw them
in your notebook. Do not eat any part of the plant.
5. Observe the leaves of the plant. Identify the color, size, shape, leaf edge,
texture, and vein patterns. Do not remove leaves from the plant.
6. Is it deciduous (loses leaves during the winter) or evergreen (remains
green all winter)?
7. Does the plant have bark? Is it smooth or rough?
8. Measure the circumference of the trunk or stem.
9. If the plant has fruit, observe its color, size, shape, and exterior texture.
10. Make note of any interesting features or characteristics of the plant.
11. When you get home, use resources (Internet, plant identification books,
etc.) to identify the plant. What other information can you learn about
the plant? Are any parts edible by animals or humans? How is the plant
used? In what habitat would this plant be found?
Adapted from:
Profile trees, shrubs, and herbs, Nurturing the Naturalist
Intelligence, by Dr. Wan Inn Loh &
Dr. George Jacobs, Kagan Publishing, 2003.
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