Conifer Classification

Lesson Overview

The Pacific Northwest is known for its abundance of conifers and winter is a great time to study them! In this lesson, students will learn the differences between conifers and broadleaf plants, the basics of conifer identification, and why not all cones are pine cones. Then, students have the choice to test their skills outside or use a dichotomous key to practice their identification skills indoors.

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  • Conifer Classification Presentation
  • Activity Sheet, printed (or digital with scrap paper to
    write on)
  • Pencil

  • Clipboard (or other hard surface to write on) – if going
    outside
  • Scrap paper
  • Digital sharing platform such as Google Classroom, SeeSaw, etc.

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