Students will choose a few examples of evergreen trees utilised to create the miniature environment. They will identify their characteristics and features using a table featuring key questions. Students can then try to identify the type of tree they have chosen.
This resource is for students in lower key stage 2 and relates to the â€˜Working Scientificallyâ€™ part of the Science National Curriculum, focusing on identifying tree features, and using classification keys. The task links to specific aspects of the model village environment, notably the trees and plants & their variation in features and characteristics.
Students could be introduced to classification / identification keys, and their functions/process etc.
Students explore the need to make critical observations of features in the plant material. They also learn that living things often show a lot of variability and this needs to be considered when handling the information. For example, individual plants of the same species may have leaves with different shapes and sizes. Â„ Students work individually or in pairs or small groups. Â„ Students should draw a picture of their leaf, making sure they have accurately recorded all the features of the leaf.
Students can explore the species further by creating dichotomous keys of their own, identifying the exact type, and identifying the Latin name.
Students will have worked scientifically and will demonstrate an understanding of how to identify key features of tree leaves/branches. Students will be able to identify tree types based on their characteristics, whilst recognising that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways. Students will explore their local environment and use classification keys to help group, identify and name living things within it.