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Sudden Oak Death Activity Guide

This activity guide explains the ins and outs of Sudden Oak Death in a dynamic and engaging way, blending games, maps, and activity prompts with kid-friendly background information on the disease.

TreEAB Week 1, Lesson 1: Why trees matter

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...

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.

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.

Invasive Species

Students will each undertake independent research to prepare a ‘case file’ for a different invasive species, and will use the information they have collated to participate in a class or group discussion on the impacts of invasive species.

i-Tree Unit Lesson 1: Water Cycle and Weather

This lesson emphasizes how evaporation affects precipitation which contributes to heavy rain and storms. It lays the foundation for thinking about the ways that trees can mitigate increased weather effects in urban environments like Washington, D.C. First, students discuss their past observations of evaporation and write a hypothesis to describe...

TreEAB Week 1, Lesson 3: How trees grow

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...

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...

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: Soil

Students conduct a soil analysis to understand soil types and explore the relationship between the garden and healthy, fertile soil. Soil is a natural resource that is crucial to life on Earth. When managed properly, it supports a healthy soil food chain that is the basis for maintaining a functioning habitat that, in turn, makes the garden...

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