Kinesthetic Dichotomous Key
OVERVIEW: Students will interactively learn to use a dichotomous key to identify selected plants of the cedar glade.
GRADE LEVEL: 5 – 8
TIME: 1 class period
OBJECTIVES: Two groups of students with five volunteers per group will compete to correctly identify the unknown flower assigned to each volunteer. Each group will have photo Flower Cards and a Dichotomous Key. To identify each flower, group members will use the Key and Cards to direct their volunteers through labeled stations in the classroom that correspond with the Key.
LEARNING STANDARDS: Science CLE 3210.5.6
MATERIALS: 1 set of Cedar Glade Plant Photograph Cards – see appendix, or for an electronic copy, visit the Center for Cedar Glade Studies website link, Teaching from the Glades: www.mtsu.edu/~gladectr Select these 10 plants from the 28 plants provided:
Price’s Wood Sorrel Sunnybell Lily Blue-Eyed Grass Pyne’s Ground Plum Gatinger’s Prairie Clo
Missouri Evening Primrose Tennessee Coneflower Gattinger’s Lobelia Nashville Breadroot Glade Mustard
Plant Description Cards – see appendix, select the 10 plant descriptions for the 10 plants listed above Dichotomous Keys – 1 key for each student or student team Station Cards (8 ½ x 11 papers with numbers 1a and 1b through 9a and 9b on separate pieces of paper) A class set of Flatrock Glades: Cedar Glade Plant Guide for Elementary Students; to obtain a class set, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PREPARATION: 1. Using the station cards, make 9 stations around the room. Space out as much as possible but keep number sets, such as 1a and 1b, 2a and 2b, etc… in proximity to each other.