Lesson Plan: Classification of Plants Science

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to outline why organisms are classified and the concept of species and describe the classification of plants according to structure and reproductive methods.


Students will be able to

  • recall that taxonomy is the study of organizing and classifying all living things into groups and that the basic unit of classification is species,
  • describe the classification of plants according to body structure or reproductive methods.


Students should already be familiar with

  • the fact that different types of living things (organisms) exist on Earth,
  • the concept that living things can be grouped according to similarities and differences in a process called classification,
  • the fact that species are groups of similar organisms that can breed to produce fertile offspring,
  • the fact that plants are a large group of organisms that mainly photosynthesize.


Students will not cover

  • the complete formal hierarchy of classification from the 3 domains and the 5 kingdoms downward and the use of scientific names for species,
  • the fact that macroalgae (seaweed) are in a separate kingdom (Protoctista).

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