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Teacher Lesson Plans
The Plants Unit


The purpose of this lesson is to offer a web unit on plantsand to provide students with information regarding many ofthe plant life found in the Laurel Lake area.


The materials used in teaching this unit are: a computer, Internetconnection, paper, and pencil.


Begin by having the students type in the URL (Internet address)
Click on plants. Once this section is read, go to each plant listed in the unit.This skill often takes practice and, as you know, the typed-in addressmust be identical to the actual address. A mistake of one slash orletter will result in the student not getting to the Internet address.These skills can, with work, be mastered by special education studentsas well as regular education students.

Note that all vocabulary words are underlined and by clicking on most of these words, the student will move to the glossary. The glossary will define the words for the purpose of the lessons contained here.

Once all students have arrived at the URL, reading may begin.

Reading should be done orally on a volunteer basis. Assist studentswith pronounciation of difficult words. Discuss concepts of the lesson with the students from time to time.

Visit each link that is underlined and which applies to plants.

Upon completion of the Internet unit, return to the Laurel Lake menu page:
The main menu page allows students to navigate the entire website. Once all the content areas are completed, students may play the Laurel Lake game. The game is a "fill-in-the-blank" type set of questions. If the studentclicks on the wrong answer, a screen appears informing the student heor she has entered an incorrect answer. At this point, the student is given the option to return to the question. The correct answer willappear in a different color from the other answers to that question.Upon completion of the game, a multi-colored screen appears. This willlet the teacher know the student has finished the game.


Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able:
1.) To type in an exact Internet address;
2.) To read the content relating to plants;
3.) To know facts regarding the American Beech trees;
4.) To know facts regarding the sugar maple trees;
5.) To gain knowledge regarding the scotch pine trees;
6.) To know facts regarding the yellow poplar trees;
7.) To know facts regarding the flowering dogwood trees;
8.) To understand the facts regarding the American Sycamore trees;
9.) To know facts about the red mulberry trees;
10.) To know facts about the sassafras trees;
11.) To know facts regarding the redbud trees;
12.) To know facts regarding the red oak trees;
13.) To gain knowledge regarding wildflowers;
14.) To know facts regarding poison ivy;
15.) To know facts regarding silver moss;
16.) To understand the facts regarding witch hazel;
17.) To know facts regarding dandelions;
18.) To know facts regarding blackberries;
19.) To know facts regarding ginseng; and
20.) To understand the facts regarding fungi.


Once all the activities of the plants unit are completed,a quiz is provided in the "Teacher Resource" section.