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Species that Cause Change in the Environment-Beneficial vs. Harmful (Activity #3)

A 30-minute presentation focuses on how some species (native and introduced) are beneficial to the environment, while others (native and introduced) are actually detrimental (harmful) to the environment.  The presentation is followed by an activity where students complete an online e-learning module and associated handout.

Nature Works Everywhere Gardens Activity Guide: Community

Students plan, create and participate in an outreach event to share some of the benefits of their school garden — educational, experiential, and material — with others in your community. Students gather data to evaluate the impact of their event, and use this data to develop ideas for increasing community engagement and multiplying the effect of...

Beetle Busters-Community Leaders (Lesson 4)

New Recruits--Action Campaigns The class will discuss how people obtain new information and will identify attributes of effective awareness and advertising campaigns.  Students will then complete an activity in which they discuss Beetle Busters action campaign plans, target audiences for messaging, and their connections to important...

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.

Smarty Plants

The lesson begins with a discussion about what pollinators are, why they are important, and the adaptations plants have to attract them.  The activity that follows includes a discussion focused on specific plant adaptations for different pollinators, and students then design an imaginary plant adapted to an assigned pollinator.

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.

We All Need Trees

Students are often surprised to learn how many different products we get from trees. Use this activity to help your students learn just how much we depend on trees in our daily lives.

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.

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...

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.

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