Beetle Busters-Community Leaders (Lesson 3)

Lesson:

Activity Description: 

Save our Trees!

Students discuss what trees are preferred by ALB and research attributes of hosts.  They then survey and measure trees in a local area and use the National Tree Benefits Calculator to reinforce the value of trees and the services they provide.

Objective: 
  • Students will understand how the invasive ALB can have a large impact on their lives and their communities. 
  • Students will understand how, when, and where to search for the ALB (and the signs of its activity) and how to prevent the beetle from spreading to other communities.
  • Students will understand how to mobilize their peers, family, and community members to search for, raise awareness about, and eradicate the ALB. 
Pre-Activity Prep: 
  • Plan this lesson for a time when leaves are on the trees. Check the ALB Year-Round Calendar (back cover) for suggestions!
  • ‡Collect one tape measure and one 8-foot length of string for each student group.
  • Familiarize yourself with the National Tree Benefits Calculator (see "Guided Inquiry: Tree and Ecosystem Services").
Doing the Activity: 

The activity can be found on Page 24 of the PDF linked below.

Materials: 
Time: 
One Class Period
Source: 
USDA APHIS, www.AsianLonghornedBeetle.com