Plant classification may be a challenging topic to teach middle school students, but it can be made simple with the right teaching strategy and interactive activities. Consider using this SMART Board lesson! Plant classification will never have seemed so fun!
1. Watch, Learn, and List Down
Take the students to a virtual field trip by using the SMART Board to show a video of a botanical garden. Let them study carefully the plants that they see on the video. Pause once in a while to point at a plant, and let them list down on a piece of paper the plant’s classification.
2. Pair Them Up
On one column of the SMART Board, display pictures of different kinds of plants. Then, at the opposite column, present the different classifications in the plant kingdom. Call on volunteers to draw a line to connect the picture of a plant to its classification. Use the SMART Board writing tools in drawing the line.
3. Illustrate It
Using the writing tools, assign students to illustrate the different types of plants according to classification. Better yet, this may be turned into a game of Pictionary where a student draws a plant, and the team mates guess the plant classification presented. This can be a fun team-building and entertaining game.
4. Chart It
Draw a chart by using the SMART Board writing tools. Let the students write examples for each classification of plant.
5. Observe and Record
Take the students on a trip to the school garden, if one is available. Let them walk around by pairs. Assign them to do the following tasks:
a. Observe the different types of plants found in the garden.
b. Using a notebook and pen, draw ten plants and classify them.
c. Write a one-sentence description for each plant.
Afterward, return to the classroom and let the students share to the class their data. Using the SMART Board, create a table that contains the classification of plants on each heading. Ask the students to draw figures of their findings for each type of plant that they drew on their notebook. Let them analyze the data so they could discover the type of plant that appeared the most in the table. Allow them to draw conclusions about the data trends.
6. Stage a Class Quiz Bee
Divide the class into four groups. Hand each group a whiteboard and a marker. Then, use the SMART Board to present the questions. Ring the bell to signal the teams to show their answers by raising the whiteboard. This is a fun and interactive way to summarize the topic discussed.
Be sure to leave a note in the comments section if you have additional ideas. Plant classification can be a difficult concept, so the more practice your students have, the more likely they are to grasp the concept.
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