Plant Classification and Identification
Students will apply correct vocabulary for describing plant parts and be able to infer the meaning of new terms based on knowledge of common roots, prefixes, and suffixes.
Students will recognize the major groups of vascular plants, be able to differentiate them by their principal characters, and understand their phylogenetic relationships.
Students will identify, by sight, 43 families of flower plants, as well as common families of ferns and gymnosperms, by recognizing differentiating features for each family.
Identifying Unknown Plants
Students will gain proficiency in the use of keys and identification manuals for determining any unknown plant to species.