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Beetle Busters-Community Leaders (Intro Lesson)

Call to Action. Students are introduced to the ALB and what it means to be a Beetle Buster Community Leader.  The class creates a Wanted Wall with info about ALB from different sources, and students complete a writing activity describing why they are qualified and want to help stop the ALB.  

How Does Your Garden Grow?

This reading assignment proides a brief summary of what a garden is, what plants need to grow, how plants make food, and other components of gardens such as pests and pollinators.

Trees in Trouble-Acorn Planting

Students begin with observations of acorns and discuss how to tell if they are healthy and what they need to grow.  Students then participate in a drawing activity and lengths and weights of acorns are recorded.  Additonal activities allow students to evaluate how environmental factors impact acorn health and ability to grow.

Catch and Release Insect Collecting

This activity worksheet guides students on how to practice "catch and release" insect collecting, where to look for insects, and how to observe them after they are caught.

TreEAB Week 1, Lesson 2: The air we breathe and the water we drink

At the end of this mini-unit, students will understand all the ecosystems services and value trees provide to humans every day. Students will know the biological processes of trees and the importance of native trees for providing habitat. Finally, they will acknowledge the significance trees add to our surroundings and be able to share everything...

Build a Tree

This activity (on pages 13-18) has learners build a model tree and then figure out how to make their tree stand up by itself.  This illustrates how the tall rain forest trees adapt to support a huge trunk and heavy branches, while also sending their roots out instead of down.

Tree-Mendous Trees (Lesson 1)

Students recall everything they know about trees in science journals and share in a class discussion.  The book Tell Me, Tree: All about Trees for Kids, by Gail Gibbons is then used to begin a discussion about the parts of trees.  Students then revisit their tree knowledge and formulate questions for future learning.

Beetle Busters-Community Leaders (Lesson 2)

Search and Report. Students will evaluate how signs of ALB infestation relate to the insect's life cycle.  They will also create personal Search Calendars identifying opportunities to search for various ALB life stages.

Invasive Species and Population Growth-Activity #2

Students listen to a 50-minute presentation on how invasive species can affect the population growth of a native species through disease (or disease transmission), competition, and predation. They then complete a hands-on activity in which carrying capacity is demonstrated using a game with a 10x10 grid and kidney beans.

Beetle Busters-Smart Searchers (Lesson 1)

Search and Report--Find the ALB Specified resources are used to facilitate class discussion about identifying the adult Asian longhorned beetle.

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