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Teacher Notes - Southern California Indigenous Plant Collection  

Created by: Mark Gammell
Your District: Capistrano Unified School District
Suggested Grade Level: 9 through 12 

Science Content Standards: 

Grades 9-12 Life Sciences Content Standards  (6a, 6b, 6e, 6f)
Investigation and Experimentation Standards  (1a, 1d, 1i)

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It is a good idea to bring in many of the common plants the students will encounter in the collection areas and have them draw and identify the plants from a dichotomous key.

The students need to be able to use a dichotomous key to identify the plants, use the Internet (or have a friend who knows how to use it), and organize a notebook.

The students should hand in a completed notebook with 20 plants (and extra credit), the common and scientific names, medicinal uses or edible plant explanation, and a food web with all of the animals from the collected area.

As a possible alternative, the students could possibly complete the project by taking photographs of the plants or making a movie (VCR tape) of themselves with the plants out in the collection areas.


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Last Updated 
August 16, 2000