Building up a Herbarium (EN-CUR-473)

This learning scenario is based on building up a herbarium as a part of the Agrobotanics class in Agricultural high school. Its main purpose is to introduce the students with the scientific classification of agricultural and weed plants that grow in their living area.

After building up the herbarium, the students will be able to recognize the agricultural crops and weeds and place them in the appropriate plant family and order. They will also be introduced to the systematics of plants.

Astragalus chehreganii Zarre & Podlech - CC BY-SA

The main outcome of this learning scenario will be a class herbarium containing at least twenty agricultural and weed species. It will also be used in later work in the Agrobotanics class when describing particular parts of plants as a part of plant organography curriculum.

Teacher Remarks

I work with students in a vocational school where we do lots of practical exercises that require physical work and a certain amount of skills. With this learning scenario, it is possible to determine the level of students’ interest in practical work. Moreover, when building up a herbarium, students get the notion of what is a systematization of plants is and how it can be applied.

This learning scenario has been developed during the English version of the “Europeana in your classroom: building 21st-century competences with digital cultural heritage (Rerun)” online course. The course aimed to improve teachers’ understanding of cultural heritage in order to efficiently integrate it into their lessons and practices. The courses can be accessed here.

Author: Mirela Marković

Age of students: 14 – 15

Subject and Topic: Natural History, Biology, Field Lesson

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Public Domain Mark 1.0: The featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana and has been provided by the Rijksmuseum.

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