September 20

Symmetrical Leaves

Second grade botanists focused on leaves during this lab. We identified the parts of a leaf- midrib, petiole, and veins. We categorized compound and simple leaves and grouped leaves by their edges- smooth, toothed, or lobed. Then, we looked at the veins and observed several different patterns. Finally, we used this information to draw the other side of a leaf using symmetry. It was a fun way to integrate science, art, and math and a meaningful way to develop observation skills.