Compare and contrast leaf shapes and arrangements and discover one of nature's most amazing phenomena - photosynthesis (simplified for kids). Each participant will make and take a gorgeous pressed leaf coaster of their very own! Our kit includes everything you need - leaves, plexiglass, foil tape, and rubber feet.
Ages 7 and up. (5 & 6 year olds will need a little help with the foil tape!)
Video: Step by Step Assembly
Unit Goals and Concepts:
- Identify the parts of a leaf and their functions.
- Classify leaves and trees based of different criteria.
- Create a leaf coaster using a variety of different leaves.
- Understand photosynthesis (it's easy because we've simplified it for kids and included a worksheet for them to follow along with!)
- An assortment of leaves (usually Maple, Oak, Willow, Ginkgo and Fern), plus all the other supplies you'll need for each participant to create a pressed leaf coaster.
- Our exclusive instructor's activity guide that provides everything instructors need to teach about leaves, leaf shapes and photosynthesis, plus our reproducible activity sheet.
General: National Science Education Standard NS.K-4.3 and NS.5-8.3 Life Science.
Content Standard C: The Characteristics of Organisms (K-4)
Each plant has different structures that serve different functions in growth, survival, and reproduction.
The Life Cycles of Organisms (K-4)
Plants closely resemble their parents.
Many characteristics of an organism are inherited from the parents of the organism (leaves).
Reproduction and Heredity (5-8)
The characteristics of an organism can be described in terms of a combination of traits. Some traits are inherited and others result from interactions with the environment.
Diversity and Adaptations of Organisms (5-8)
Millions of species of animals, plants, and microorganisms are alive today. Although different species might look dissimilar, the unity among organisms becomes apparent from an analysis of internal structures, the similarity of their chemical processes, and the evidence of common ancestry.
Specific (California standards):
(K.2a) Students know how to observe and describe similarities and differences in the appearance and behavior of plants and animals.
(K.4d) Compare and sort common objects by one physical attribute.
(1.2b) Students know both plants and animals need water, animals need food, and plants need light.
(1.2e) Students know roots are associated with the intake of water and soil nutrients and green leaves are associated with making food from sunlight.
(1.4a) Draw pictures that portray some features of the thing being described.
(1.4b) Record observations and data with pictures, numbers, or written statements.
(2.2d) Students know there is variation among individuals of one kind within a population.
(2.4d) Write or draw descriptions of a sequence of steps, events, and observations.
(2.4e) Construct bar graphs to record data, using appropriately labeled axes.
(3.3a) Students know plants and animals have structures that serve different functions in growth, survival, and reproduction.
(5.2e-g) Students know the steps of photosynthesis involving water, sugar, oxygen and carbon dioxide.