i-Tree Unit Lesson 6: Tree Adaptations

Lesson:

Activity Description: 

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 species are best suited for their area based on two factors that affect tree adaptations: precipitation and temperature. First, students will conduct online research to find trees that thrive best in their area using the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone website. Next, they will model tree growth with i­Tree Design to determine which tree species are more likely to survive. Students will note the adaptations of the trees that are best suited for the precipitation and temperature of their area.

Educational Standards: 

Next Generation Science Standards:

MS­LS4­4: Construct an explanation based on evidence that describes how genetic variationsof traits in a population increase some individuals’ probability of surviving and reproducing in a specific environment.

MS­ETS1­1: Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.

Common Core:

CCSS.ELA­LITERACY.RST.6­8.3: Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

Pre-Activity Prep: 

Arrange computer lab and internet access.

Materials: 

Tree Adaptations Slide Show

The class will need access to the computer lab with internet available.

Time: 
One Class Period
Author: 
i-Tree
Source: 
i-Tree Lessons, http://www.itreelessons.com/