Plants

Classifying Leaves

Icon: 
Streaming icon

In this video segment from Teaching Elementary Life Science, teacher Gail Gibson works with her first-grade students on an activity classifying leaves according to physical characteristics such as color, relative size, or texture. Gibson explains that in this activity students get to compare, observe, and evaluate their own work and each other’s work. She also says that the skills and attitudes she’s developing in her students are helping to build their confidence in their ability to understand science and learn more about what they don’t already know.

Nature Cat | Hooray It's Arbor Day

Icon: 
Streaming icon

While celebrating Arbor Day and their love for trees over in the forest, a heavy wind blows Squeeks’ favorite climbing tree halfway over. It’s up to Nature Cat and his pals to try and save the tree for Squeeks, for all the critters that live in the tree, and for Arbor Day!

Dinosaur Train | Conifers

Icon: 
Streaming icon

In this Dinosaur Train video clip, Dr. Scott identifies ancient conifers, pinecone-bearing trees, that have been here since the Cretaceous era.

Acorns Count!

Icon: 
Streaming icon

The acorn is not only a symbol of fall, the nuts are a baseline indicator of the current and future health of the forest ecosystem.  US Forest Service researchers studying acorns find a bounty of acorns indicates healthy trees and a plentiful food supply for the creatures that form the base of the forest food chain.

Indiana Expeditions | Planting the Herbaceous Layer

Icon: 
Streaming icon

This instructional video shows us how to plant the lowest layer of a forest.

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

This instructional video shows us how to plant the lowest layer of a forest.

Root Systems of Trees at the Congaree Swamp

Icon: 
Streaming icon

In this video segment from NatureScene, learn about the structural adaptations of trees like the cypress and tupelo to the floodplain environment in the Congaree Swamp. These adaptations, such as modified roots, swollen bases, and shallow root systems, allow them to deal with lack of oxygen and flooding for prolonged periods.

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

DragonflyTV | Camp Clear Creek

Icon: 
Streaming icon

Meet up with a group of California middle school students, the Explorers, at the Clear Creek Outdoor Education Center. DragonflyTV follows them on a nature hike in Angeles National Forest where they learn about different plant communities. What do "riparian" and "chaparral" mean? Find out!

Indiana Expeditions | Invasive Insects

Icon: 
Streaming icon

Join Rick Crosslin, host of Indiana Expeditions, as he discovers the pros and cons to invasive insects.

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Create an Herbarium Using Plant Presses

Icon: 
Streaming icon

Plant specimens are part of an herbarium or dried plant collection and used as reference material for researchers who are working to understand the health of the prairie ecosystem. This video demonstrates how to collect, prepare, identify, label, and mount plants on herbarium sheets.

Ecosystem Change: Plotting with Plant Collections | Smithsonian Science How

Icon: 
Streaming icon

Take a journey to see how plant collections can be used to map ecosystem changes over time. Meet Rusty Russell, Botany Collections Manager at the National Museum of Natural History. Rusty manages collections activities in the U.S. National Herbarium, a research collection that contains more than 5 million pressed, dried plant specimens. Visit a part of Southern California that experienced a dramatic shift in plant species composition during the 20th century. See how students and other volunteers can be instrumental in collecting data to tell the story of ecosystem change.

Pages