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Leaf Collection Due Tuesday October 25 In science we are studying plants. Leaf collecting is a good way to learn about the trees that live in your area and also help you to learn how to identify individual leaf characteristics. Your science project is to collect leaves, correctly identify them and put them into booklet form. Assignment: Your science project is to collect leaves, correctly identify them and put them into booklet form. You are to create a leaf collection booklet containing leaves from 10 (5th grade) & 13 (6th grade) different species of trees. Your collection must contain at least 7 leaves (5th grade) and 10 leaves (6th graded) from broadleaf trees. Only two leaves may be used from a maple tree. You may choose your remaining specimens from broadleaf, needle leaf or scale leaf (cedar and juniper) trees. Bushes and shrubs are not allowed. Follow each step to complete your project: Collecting and Pressing Your Leaves 1. Always get permission before collecting leaves on someone else's property. 2. Use a tree book (visit the library), and the internet, to help you identify the leaves. If you can, take the book with you when you go to pick the leaves. Then you can study the bark and branches too! Write the name of the leaf on a piece of paper and put it in the magazine next to the leaf, so you don’t forget what it is! 3. Collect at least two of each type of leaf in case one of the leaves tears. If leaves are damaged or torn, don't use them because you will not receive full credit. 4. Be sure to remove an entire leaf, not a leaflet, from the tree and place it in your press as soon as possible. 5. Put the leaf between the pages of an old magazine, phonebook, or heavy book to flatten it. 6. Leaves should remain in the press for 3 - 5 days depending on their thickness and moisture content. Labeling Your Leaves 1. Make labels that are 3" by 5". You may use index cards or white paper for your labels. 2. You may either type or handprint your information. Do not cross out or white out mistakes on the labels; rewrite them. Labels must be neat and easy to read. Use only black or blue ink whether you are typing or writing your labels. 3. Each label must contain the following information: o Common name of leaf o A sentence or two explaining the characteristics that helped you identify each leaf Mounting Your Leaves 1. Use pieces of sturdy paper to mount your leaves. 2. Each page must have only one type of leaf on it. 3. Arrange the leaf so there is room to glue the label at the bottom of the page. The leaf should look nice on the page. Use tape to mount needle- or scale-leaves to the paper. 4. Use a small amount of glue to adhere the completed label. Center the label below the leaf. 5. LET THE PAGES DRY COMPLETELY BEFORE ASSEMBLING THEM TOGETHER IN YOUR COLLECTION OR THE PAGES WILL STICK TOGETHER!! 6. Begin putting your book together. All of the tree families MUST be grouped together: oaks with oaks, maples with maples, etc. 7. Make a front cover for your collection. Include the following items on your cover: a. title b. your name c. an appropriate illustration (no glitter, please!) 8. Use ribbon, string, etc. to bind the pages together or use a binder/photo album for all of your pages. Hint: The Arjay Miller Arboretum displays many of Michigan’s native trees. It is located at Ford Motor Company, World Headquarters Building, The American Road in Dearborn. It is near Fairlane Mall. Heritage Park in Taylor could also be of help. There is also an app for your iPhone using Leafsnap (leafsnap.com) you take a picture of the leaf and use the app to identify it. I haven’t used it, so I don’t know personally how well it works. Please see Mrs. Arnold if you have any questions and HAVE FUN!!!
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