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Hands-on Activity

Leaf It to Me

Fun Forces
Summary
In this activity, students will participate in a leaf scavenger hunt and assemble a basic leaf collection. They will use their collection to explore how diversity in characteristics such as leaf size, thickness and texture help plants survive in their environment.
Overview
Topic: Mixing Colors of Light
Real World Science Topics:
  • An exploration of how leaves of different plants use specialized characteristics to collect sunlight, store and conserve water, and take in carbon dioxide so that they can produce food for the plant.
  • An exploration of external parts in plants and how different plants use these external parts (particularly leaves) to survive in their environment.
  • An exploration of how specialized characteristics, called adaptation, in livings things provide survival advantages to certain organisms and that those organisms are more likely to survive.
Objective
After completing this activity, students should be able to recognize that there are many kinds of plants with special features that help them survive. Students in grades 2-3 should also be able to explain how these spe- cial leaf adaptations help the plant survive in its environment

Activity Difficulty Rating: 2 Each hands-on science activity has been ranked based on difficulty of set up and how difficult they are to perform. The rating scale is from 1 to 5, with 1 being the easiest and 5 being the most complicated.

5-MINUTE REFRESHER

TAKE FIVE

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