Lookouts Activity 2: Spot the Plant

In this resource aimed at younger primary learners, children learn how to identify and name common plants. The activities contain a thinking walk where children are challenged to find a selection plants by matching them to The Great Plant Hunt Identikit provided. They record details about where they found the plants by drawing in their Darwin Doodle Books or taking photographs.

Choosing one plant, they collect several of them to look at how they vary. In a follow up session back in class, the children look at their collection of the single plant species discussing similarities and differences between them.

This resource is part of The Great Plant Hunt, which is designed to encourage children to draw inspiration from the life and work of Charles Darwin to develop their understanding of the natural world. It was created by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and commissioned and funded by the Wellcome Trust to mark the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth.

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