People Plant Collecting
Student Activity Sheet #2a
LEARNING THE NAMES OF 15 COMMON DESERT
Directions: Around the
room are 15 common desert plants. Each plant specimen has its correct
common and scientific name on it. You are to develop your own system of
describing these plants so that you will be able to identify them when
they do not have name tags on them. We will have a plant quiz later.
When you describe the specimen remember that you want to be able to distinguish
it from other plants that may be very similar. Many of these plants have
compound leaves, tiny leaflets, thorns, brown or green bark, etc. You
want your "identifying descriptions" to be so good that they are very
specific. You don't want to get mixed up later when you use your descriptions
to identify unlabeled plants. Above the numbered lines DRAW A PICTURE
of the plant and then DESCRIBE IT on the numbered lines.