Otter's Botany - Homeschool Botany Curriculum

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Otter's Botany

Week 2

Main topics: Binomial nomenclature and classification of plants, Carl Linnaeus


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Botany for Dummies

Page 231:
Chapter 14: The Tree of Life: Showing the Relationship Between Living Things
*This chapter mentions evolution

Examining the branches of  the tree of life

Digging into the three domains

Chapter 2 Lift the Flap 3 Domains Base Sheet

Chapter 2 Lift the Flap Cut & Paste Page

Organizing life - Developing a system

Evolution is mentioned in:

  • the section on phylogenetic trees
  • the section with the "warning" icon that is talking about taxonomic groups
  • the end of the "Defining Plants" section

Printable Taxonomy Box 
Print out and construct this box to hold the taxonomy project pieces. Write your mnemonic (or copy the one from Botany for Dummies) on the inside flap to remember the taxonomy hierarchy.

Chapter 14 Taxonomy Project Printables
This 10 page printable PDF will help your students remember taxonomy and understand table 14-1 in the Botany for Dummies book. You need 2 sheets of colored paper for the main taxonomic headings (or just color those cards in by hand) and 8 sheets of white paper for the rest of the printables. Pages 3 and 4 of the PDF should be printed out on colored paper. Print, cut out the pieces and cards and then do the activity.
Use table 14-1 in Botany for Dummies to arrange the cards in the correct order. Place the "taxonomy pieces" (human, dog, carrot and E. coli) onto the correct cards. See how the items filter down into more and more specific categories.

Defining plants

Naming the rose and other living things

Botany test for chapter 14

Botany curriculum

Chapter 2 of Ellen McHenry's Botany
Plant classification

p. 210 Lapbook: Genus species matching challenge

Choose a book or books

Kingdom of Plants: Defying Evolution

Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities
p. 7 Ayahuasca Vine and Chacruna

Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities
p. 11 Betel Nut




Plant Classification (Life of Plants)

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*Some evolution





100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names

p. 1-2 Read about the Abella


p. 9-10 Read about the Astilbe


p. 11-12 Read about the Azalea

Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History




p. 14 Pineapple


p. 18 Bamboo


Experiments, Labs, Activities & Kits



Pineapple Chicken with sweet and sour sauce



Create a classification system for your kitchen cupboard spices or canned goods.



Optional: Classification workbook - Use over the course of the week.


Binomial Nomenclature printable and lesson

Linnaeus printable

Linnaeus poster

Timeline entry: Carl Linnaeus 1707-1778

How plants are classified printable












Six Kingdoms




Nature, Journaling and Art










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