Science project

Shapes of Leaves


  • Computer with internet access
  • Color printer
  • Digital camera
  • Assorted leaf samples
  • Magnifying glass
  • Microscope (optional)
  • Typical office/craft supplies (such as paper, pens & poster-board)


  1. Research related materials (see bibliography below)
  2. Select 20-30 different leaf specimens.
  3. Search, print, label, and categorize photos of leaves you find interesting. Make sure to collect a wide variety of leaf shapes.
  4. Examine, identify, categorize, and photograph each specimen you collect.
  5. Study the properties of each individual leaf.  Record all observations.
  6. Discover and explain the factors that determine the shape of a leaf.
  7. Preserve your specimens by drying them (optional).
  8. Interpret your results in a detailed report.
  9. Show results visually using photos taken throughout the course of the experiment.
  10. Include beautiful leaf arrangements in your science fair display.
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