Biodiversity Exploration Investigation - What is Biodiversity?
Read Weeds in Rylan's Yard. Use the same process to investigate an unknown plant in your yard, a local park or your schoolyard. Be sure to answer these questions in the report of your investigation. (Caution: Do not touch an unknown plant with your bare hands. Several plants native to North America can cause unpleasant skin rashes: Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Poison Sumac, Red Cedar and others.)
Where is the plant growing?
Dimensions of plant and leaf.
Draw a leaf, provide a photo, or provide a pressed sample in a clear plastic bag (Get permission to collect an unknown plant and wear gloves.)
Characteristics of flowers (if present)
Characteristics of fruits or seeds (if present)
Native or non native?
Weed or not a weed?
You decide - Nurture it? Pull it? Explain
Developed and posted March 2006 by Cynthia J. O'Hora