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Plant Science: Classifying and identifying

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Plant Science: Classifying and Identifying



  • To introduce the core naming structure of plant identification 
  • To introduce international naming conventions for plant types
  • To further identify the tools used by the botanical community


Time Frame: 

  • Pre-learning activity materials and reflection (30 minutes)
  • Asynchronous Plant Identification Activity (40 minutes)
  • Post-discussion reflection and discussion (20 minutes)


Target Audience:

  • This activity is designed for undergraduate students in an introductory multidisciplinary science Life Sciences/Natural Science/Botanical Science class


Learning Objectives:

  • Students will be able to define botany, species, genus, and specimen
  • Students will be able to identify the naming structure used by the international botanical community
  • Students will be able to identify the tools used by the botanical community
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the location of information sources related to botany and international botanical naming conventions





1. Students should review the pre-learning materials:

2. Students should collaboratively name the plant images provided on the Discussion page using the naming conventions provided there.

3. Students should reflect on the questions provided on the Discussion page.


** Part of a larger course design for Plant Science Course Design: Plant Science


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