E.T. A LOCAL WAY OF LEARNING E-54
Title: KEY A TREE LEAF
AUTHOR: Kathryn Doss
Eulalie R. Rivera Elementary School
Grade Level: 4
6. Resources 1.Language Arts
12. Stewardship 2.Art
Each Group will collect a set of leaves and will develop a dichotomous key for
the collection. The key will be illustrated.
Trees are a valuable renewable resource. By more closely observing leaves of
trees around us we will begin to appreciate their diversity, beauty, and value.
This is a starting point for developing a sense of stewardship.
For each group, one paper bag, a 4' x 4' piece of light colored paper, felt
marker or crayon.
Divide students into groups of 3-5. Each group collects or brings from home one
sample of each kind of tree leaf they can find. If the tree has less than 20
leaves do not take a sample; instead draw a sketch of the leaf. Return to
meeting point for instructions for constructing the key.
Making the Key
Divide leaves into two groups according to some characteristic such as single
leaf or fern-like leaf, smooth edges or indented edges. Record as illustrated.
Then divide each of those groups according to another characteristic. Continue
divisions until a single leaf is in each group and continue recording as in
1. What are some of the common trees identified by the leaves?
2. Of what value are such trees to the people on the Islands?
3. Are such trees an abundant or scarce Island resource?
KEY A TREE LEAF
This activity may be adapted for use with local bushes or native flowers.
Rubbings: Back in the classroom, place a sheet of paper over a leaf, vein side
up, and rub it with a crayon or pencil.
The leader will check achievement when each group displays its leaf key.
KEY A TREE LEAF
Not fern like leaf
Fern like leaf