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Lesson Plan

Tropical Rainforest Plants: comparison with our native plants

Summary: 
Look at leaf features and types of plants that are common to tropical plants and our native rainforest plants.
Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Biology: Features, Adaptations of Living Things (K, 1, 3, 7)
Biology: Classification of Living Things, Biodiversity (1, 3)
Materials: 
  • plants with drip tips: indoor tropical plants, or planted beans etc
  • temparate rainforest to walk in
Procedure: 

This lesson will look at some features of leaves and compare tropical plants with our temperate rain forest plants.

Leaf features activity with discussion of the purpose of the purpose coating and drip tips.

Walk in the local forest, looking for types of plants and temperate rainforest plant features the same as in a tropical rainforest.

Return to classroom plants/planter boxes.
Ask which of the plants have drip tips and waxy coatings, and if any of them are vines.

Grades taught: 
Gr 4
Teacher: 
Robin Parr
Site tested: 
General Gordon Elementary
Lesson plan originally developed and delivered: 

Gordon Elementary