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Classifying Plants

A Virtual Science Lab

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Pencil and Lab Report Computer


Classifying Plants
Learning Target: I can explain how plants
are sorted and classified based on
characteristics. into groups.

Essential Questions:
What characteristics do scientists use
to classify all types of plants?

What to Look For


Vascular and Nonvascular
Classifying Plants Vocabulary
Botanist
Botany
Vascular plant
Nonvascular plant

Take Some Notes!


Classifying Plants Vocabulary

Botanist
A botanist is a scientist who studies plants.
Botanist classify and organize plants based on
their unique characteristics.

Remember in our Look Fors we mentioned Vascular and


Nonvascular which are plant characteristics.

They observe, study very carefully, and


then classify all types of plants! The science
of plants is known as botany.
Classifying Plants
As previously discussed, we know that
animals can be classified based on certain
characteristics such as backbone, warm-
blooded or cold-blooded, fur, scales, and
what they eat. But how are plants
classified?

Like animals, plants are divided into two


main groups. Then these two groups are
divided into smaller groups. Think about
vertebrates and invertebrates and now for
plants we vascular and nonvascular.
Classifying Plants
So when classifying plants they
can either be Vascular or
Nonvascular.
Vascular Plants means: having
transporting tubes They have a system
of tubes that carry water to the plant.

Nonvascular Plants means not having


transporting tubes. They absorb the
water.
Vascular Plants:
1. Have a system of tubes that carry water.
2. Have roots, stems, and leaves.
3. Grow and stand taller.
Vascular Plants
1. Have a system of tubes that carry water.
2. Have roots, stems, and leaves.
3. Grow and stand taller
Vascular Plants
1. Have a system of tubes that carry
water.
2. Have roots, stems, and leaves.
3. Grow and stand taller
Nonvascular Plants:
1. Simple types of plants.
2. Do not have tubes, roots, stems, and leaves.
3. Grow very close to the ground.
What to Look For
Vascular look fors:
have vascular tissue transport tubes
most have tissue in their roots, stems, and leaves
tubes carry water and food
grow stand up tall

Non-Vascular look fors :


dont have vascular tissue transport tubes
absorb water directly through the surface of their cells
live in moist areas
much smaller than vascular plants
Now Starting Lab

Materials Needed:
#1 Sunflower: Vascular or
Non-Vascular?
#2 Liverworts: Vascular or
Non-Vascular?
#3 Cushion Moss
Vascular or Non-Vascular?
#4 Celery
ascular or Non Vascular?
# 5 ROCK CAP MOSS:
VASCULAR OR NON?
#6 Roses
Vascular or Non
#7 Redwood Trees
Vascular or Non?
#8 Dandelions
Vascular or Non?
#9 Golden Algae
ascular or Non Vascular
#10 Hair Cap Moss
ascular or Non Vascular
#11 Blue Green Algae
Vascular or Non Vascular
#12 Wild Cucumber
Vascular or Non Vascular