Lindheimer’s Texas Lesson Plans

Dichotomous Key

Humanities Texas

Students will use a dichotomous key to classify random objects, letters, and plants. The dichotomous key is a series of "either/or" observations that are used to identify plants, animals, microbes, diseases, fossils, rocks and birds’ nests. “Dichotomous” refers to the branching nature of the key, with each branch point splitting off into only 2 branches each time. When used in the classification of organisms, either/or decisions are usually based on distinguishing physical features of the organisms being studied. Download and Print PDF

Bees: How They Live Affects How We Live

This lesson is designed to educate students on the history and importance of the honey bee in our local area and worldwide. Students will elicit questions to inspire research that will further their knowledge and understanding of the impact and plight of the honey bee in today’s society. Download and Print PDF

Hybrid Plants

Students will create their own hybrid plant. They will draw, color, and write a paragraph explaining the characteristics of their plant to share with the other students. Download and Print PDF

Preserving Flora

After a study of Texas naturalists and identifying and collecting local flora, students will create artistic sheets of paper out of recycled paper to send to a person of their choosing. Students will learn the art of creating paper, which will help us review basic science concepts before the STAAR science test. These individual works of art will have seeds and flora native to the local area embedded within them so that they may be planted if desired to bring a little bit of the local area to the receiver. Download and Print PDF

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