Using Plant Parts and a Dichotomous Key to Classify Plants



The second lesson in plant classification. This lesson will teach students common methods of identifying plants by use of the parts of the plants and a dichotomus key. They will know what to look for in flowers and leaves by asking questions about the plants when identifying common plants around the school and their home.

Lesson Time

One Full Class Period
53 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Agriculture & Natural Resources Agriculture & Natural Resources

Standards and Objectives


California Academic Content Standards (1)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (5)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Explain how to identify plants by using a Dichotomous key.
  • List and explain the common plant parts and life cycles used when classifying plants.
  • Classify plants according to their life cycle: perennial, annual, biannual.

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