Types of Oak Leaves
Long and narrow like a feather or small and symmetrical like a rose petal—the variety of oak leaves runs the gamut. See if your leaves match any of the 12 varieties featured in this sheet of hand drawings.
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This printable key to oak leaves helps students see the variety of shapes and sizes found within a plant family. The one-page PDF handout has 12 hand drawings of leaves. You can find the scientific names (genus and species) for all of them in the Biodiversity Counts Educators’ Guide.
Less than 1 period
Supplement a study of biodiversity with an activity drawn from this key to oak leaves.
- Hand out copies of the Types of Oak Leaves key to students, and break the class into small groups.
- Using whatever field guides are available, challenge students to find the scientific names (genus and species) for all 12.
- Check their answers using the labeled key in the Biodiversity Counts Educators’ Guide.