A – Elementary
NC Essential Standards Alignment:
2.L.1, 3.L.2, 6.L.1
Event Score Sheet:
Teams will be assessed on their knowledge of living organisms that they may encounter in their own backyard. In 2019, the focus will be on trees, plants, and insects. Teams will be required to identify organisms from a provided list and know about the habitat and conditions required for growth of the organisms.
Must bring writing instruments. Teams may also bring up to 2 commercially produced field guides and/or 2 1-inch, 3-ring binders with pages in any form, from any source, contained in page protectors. (This means 2 guides, or 2 binders, or a guide and a binder). Actual plant & leaf samples are allowed in the binders as long as they are in plastic sheet protectors. No actual insect parts are allowed in the binders. Teams may also bring up to two hand lenses.
Event Leaders will provide a hands-on event with all necessary items, objects, materials, questions, and response sheets for participants to complete stations. Examples include but are not limited to: drawings, scenarios, questions, leaves, bark, seeds, photographs, and specimens.
Points will be awarded for the accuracy of responses. Ties wll be broken by the accuracy or quality of responses to questions chosen by the event leader.
Students should collect, identify, and press leaves and plant parts for studying purposes since the event stations may contain actual plant parts.
Backyard Biologist 2018 Coaches Clinic (2019 Rules)
2018 Backyard Biologist Test
2017 Coaches Clinic Presentation
Backyard Biologist test from 2015 (birds and plants)
What Tree is That?
Trees of North Carolina
Why Do Plants Grow Flowers?
Flora & Fauna of NC – iNaturalist
FREE, really good, printable tree guide
FREE really good ebook on species of the Southeast
Tree id app – scroll to the bottom of the webpage
NCSU / NC Cooperative Extension Tree Fact Sheets
Plant Information Center: North Carolina Trees
Plants by Janice VanCleave
The Magic School Bus Plants Seeds
The Teachers Guide- Lesson plans on Plants
Learn NC -Lesson plans on Plant Growth
Project Learning Tree
Missouri Botanical Garden
Carolina Nature: Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of NC
NC Natural: Wildflowers and Plants of NC
Great series of YouTube videos about leaf identification
LeafSnap – an Apple app that lets you take a picture of a plant and get an identification. Sorry, no Android version yet.
The Right Diet for your Plants
Types of Soil by Texture
Spotify Playlist of Bird Calls
All About Birds– From Cornell University, bird identification and calls.
A collection of images and videos developed as an additional resource.
Flower presses can be bought, made cheaply, or made free. They are useful to preserve flowers and leaves for further study. Pressing the flowers dries them without ruining the color or shape, and leaves you with a flat specimen that can be mounted inside a sheet protector or laminated to make your own study guide. Simply stack the flowers and leaves between paper towels, apply pressure, and a few days later you’ll have your own collection.