WHAT: Compile a photographic collection of local plants to identify and present.
WHERE: Collection (digital photographs) will occur on school property, your property, at parks, or in nearby forest land. Please respect private property!
WHEN: Monday, October 6th, 2008.
HOW: You will take digital photos of specimens and present them in either a booklet, with PowerPoint (handed in on CD, USB, or email ), or another format if you discuss it with me first.
- Your collection should include leaves as well as cones, flowers, fruit, and seeds (where applicable and available/in season) for:
- Include the following information in your booklet/PowerPoint:
- Photographs – clearly focused, appropriately zoomed, with token in corner.
- Common name and scientific name for each species.
- Using terminology from class, label all photos (e.g. gametophyte, sporophyte, prothallium, monocot, dicot, leaf shape, venation, sepal, petal, stigma, style, ovary, anther, filament, bract, fruit, seed, etc.) (botany glossary)
- Interesting facts or ecological notes (e.g. Aboriginal, medicinal, or culinary uses).
- Include a short description (one paragraph max) of the characteristics that unify each group (i.e. one paragraph on mosses, one paragraph on ferns, etc.)
- Make sure that the token is in every photograph you present. Any specimens with a photo without a token will receive a zero.
- Include a list of references you used for identification and additional information. Here is how to cite your sources.
RESOURCES FOR IDENTIFYING PLANTS
If you are really stuck...use the Identification Keys
How they made records of plants before cameras: Making an herbarium speciman
RESOURCES FOR LABELLING