Polynesian introduced, endemic, and indigenous plants
THEME: The Living Soil–The Living Plant: We are all Interconnected and Related
STRAND: Science of Living Plants
GRADE LEVEL: K-2
Identify and name main forest trees (koa, ʻohiʻa) and canoe crops (banana, kalo, ‘uala, kō, ulu, ʻolena, ti leaf).
Recognize that plants have arrived at different times in different ways: waves, wind, and wings.
Teacher conducts a guided garden walk; identify introduced, endemic, and indigenous plants.
Conduct a biodiversity scavenger hunt.
Investigate how plants arrived in Hawaii. Seeds are dispersed (wind, water, wings).
Harvest and prepare native plants for a craft, cordage, food, medicine, beverage, or lei.
Students identify and share information on what kinds of different plants grow in their own yards.