The different type of plants



  • Learn the differences between the different types of plants
  • Be able to identify the families of plants 
  • Explore the plants from all corners of the world


  • Computers with functioning internet 
  • Blackboard

the many different types of plants (10 minutes)

These are just simple, brief definitions. More details will be collected during the group activity later on. 

Here are six different types of plants. Plant can be classified into many categories and sub-groups. For the learning purposes of this class, I have made it six classifications. The plants have been separated by how people refer to them.  

Cacti (Cactus)
Cactus plants are well adapted to hot and dry weather by storing water in their succulent stems. They are also known for their spines..

Flowers are the reproductive part of angiosperms, also known as flowering plants

Herbs are used for culinary, medicinal and spiritual uses. In cuisine, the leaves of herbs are normally the only part used. All parts of herbs are used in various medical practices.

Shrubs and Bushes
Often under 6 m tall, shrubs and bushes are categorized as woody plants. Shrubs have multiple stems and many are covered with flowers of all shapes and sizes.

Trees can be found everywhere in the world. They are tall, large and some are very old. Trees are important in fighting soil erosion and responsible for the clean oxygen we breathe.

The term 'vegetable' is not actually a scientific classification of a plant, but rather strictly a culinary term. Vegetables are parts of plants (flower buds, seeds, stems, fruits, etc) that are edible and used in culinary dishes.

Summary Video

Intoduction to Photovoice (15 minutes)

1. Explain to the students how to use photovoice 
2. Do a sample photovoice presentation on the topic of butterflies
3. Show student how to find picture of butterflies first
4. Add pictures to the photovoice and write descriptions, record their voice.
5. Take any questions they have

ACTIVITY / Homework

(30 minutes)

1. Get into groups of 2
2.. Groups will be handed out a type of plant they need to research (for example, in trees and vegetable, each team will get a different sort so that we don't have the same photovoice twice)
3. They will have to find pictures of these plants and more detailed information
4. Be sure to include the most prominent geographic location (concentrated in North America only), if they are annual or perennial, their preferred weather conditions 
5, Each team has to use a minimum of 15 pictures
6. They will work on it the rest of the class and at home. 
7. To be presented in class next class 

8. Student must use at least one print source and the internet sources have to be credible (no Wikipedia)