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Trees in Trouble-SOD Experts

Students search a curated list of websites to gather known information about SOD.  They then formulate lists of questions to ask an "SOD expert" and discuss as a class.

i-Tree Unit Lesson 4: Carbon Cycle

In Lesson 3, students concluded that carbon dioxide impacts the ecosystem by heating the air, resulting in more evaporation and transpiration. Students also gained an understanding that human activity (i.e., their morning commute to school) produces carbon dioxide. In Lesson 4: Carbon Cycle, students explore the ways that carbon is both produced...

Forest for the Trees

In this activity, students will role-play managing a Tree Farm. By using a piece of land as a Tree Farm, they will begin to understand the economic factors that influence management decisions for private forest lands.

i-Tree Unit Lesson 7: Tree Planting Design

In Lesson 6: Tree Adaptations, students identified at least 5 different tree species based on their ability to adapt to the two main climate factors of their project areas: precipitation and temperature. As a control, students also identified tree species outside of the recommended USDA Hardiness Zone to compare results. This tree data was modeled...

Design a Conservation Programme

By designing a conservation programme, students learn about the importance of biodiversity as well as the economic benefits and services ecosystems provide.

Tree-Mendous Trees (Lesson 3)

This lesson was designed for children to take all of the information they have been learning about trees a step further. Now that they have learned what parts make up a tree, what function each part serves, and how to collect and identify different parts of a tree, the focus is going to shift to factors that might influence plant growth. 

Biodiversity, Invasive Species, and Plant Biosecurity-Activity #2

The presentation focuses on biodiversity, how invasive species affect biodiversity, who is involved in detecting invasive species, and plant biosecurity.  It also features other plant biosecurity issues such as those that affect our food supply, the USDA Select Agents and Toxins list, and agroterrorism events of the last century. Students...

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.

TreEAB Week 3: Introducing the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)

A series of activities that enables students to explore the emerald ash borer and invasive species biology within the framework of scientific process. The lesson guide (link at the bottom of this page) includes detailed instructions and handouts for each of the activities. Activity #1: Discovering EAB  Activity #2: Process...

Biodiversity, Invasive Species, and Plant Biosecurity-Activity #3

The presentation focuses on biodiversity, how invasive species affect biodiversity, who is involved in detecting invasive species, and plant biosecurity.  It also features other plant biosecurity issues such as those that affect our food supply, the USDA Select Agents and Toxins list, and agroterrorism events of the last century. Students...

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