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Plants are All Around Us-How Plants Grow Literacy Task

Students observe plants in their neighborhood and classroom and discover how books provide factual information about real life things, like plants.

i-Tree Unit Lesson 6: Tree Adaptations

In Lesson 5: Canopy Assessment, students subtracted the annual amount of sequestered carbon dioxide from the carbon footprint of their zip code. This gave them an understanding of the “carbon balance” of their zip code, or the amount of carbon that is possible to capture by planting additional trees. In Lesson 6, students will examine which tree...

i-Tree Unit Lesson 5: Canopy Assessment Lab

In Lesson 4: Carbon Cycle, students explored the ways that carbon is both produced and sequestered, and described how they would reduce carbon in the atmosphere (using text and visuals). As a follow up to calculating their personal carbon footprint in Lesson 3, students will calculate the carbon footprint of their zip code. Next, they will use the...

Arthropod (insect/spider/bug) identification and activity guide

This resource is an eight-page (two printed 8.5X11 sheets), accurately illustrated guide to subphyla of North American arthropods and explains how taxonomy works.

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...

Where did that pencil come from?

The students will determine what goods can be produced from physical features such as rivers, lakes, mountains, and plains by looking at maps. Additionally, they will discuss the process these goods go through from nature to consumer.

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...

From Seeds to Plants

Primary unit on plants. In this activity students use observational skills to compare and discuss the changes in plants. They will identify plant parts, where seeds come from and how they grow. They will also determine what plants need to survive.

Nature Works Everywhere Gardens Activity Guide: Habitat and Pollinators

Students learn how the garden provides habitat for a variety of different animal species. They make observations and collect data to determine which species inhabit the garden (especially pollinators), investigate relationships among them, and identify factors that may affect them. They use this data to track species over a period of time to...

i-Tree Unit Lesson 3: Carbon Footprint

Through the experiment conducted in Lesson 2: Evaporation Lab, students concluded that higher atmospheric temperature causes an increase in evaporation which results in more precipitation. In Lesson 3, students first calculate the carbon footprint of their morning commute to school to realize that different modes of transportation produce varying...


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