Lesson Title: Nature Sample Trading Cards

Key Objective: Students will be able to observe and document collected samples from a nature walk. They will discover relationships between their findings, and share with their peers while mastering domain based vocabulary.

Connecting Artist: Francesco Nonino, Grid of Archival Pigment Prints

Enduring Idea: How can we observe and document the world around us?



  • Natural materials- plants, leaves, twigs etc.
  • Sample Trading Card template
  • Color pencils

Connecting Questions:

  • What samples did you collect?
  • hat observations can you make about your samples?
  • How can you visually represent your data?

Artist Franceso Nonino studied plants found that at the base of a crash site in Sicily. He hypothesized that the plants were affected by radioactivity. He collected and documented his samples. For this project, students will be encouraged to investigate and collect their own samples through nature.  Prompt students with a definition of the word sample, and how scientists use samples to study the world around them. Students will collect their samples of plants, leaves, twigs, etc. and bring back to their classroom. They will then receive a notecard template to draw their sample with a list of 3 observations. Students can then swap their findings with their classmates to discover any relationships between their samples.

Key Concepts & Procedures:

  1. Students will go on a nature walk to collect samples  
  2. Students will look closely at different plants, twigs, leaves etc
  3. They will note observations about color, size, shape, details etc. Encourage students to note relationships between their samples. Similarities/differences
  4. Students can begin to visually document their findings with color pencils
  5. Students will share and swap their data with their classmates




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