TreEAB Week 1, Lesson 3: How trees grow

Lesson:

Activity Description: 

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 they learn with others.

This matters for all students because if they are not given the opportunity to appreciate nature while young, it may be too late. Students must know that there is much more to trees then what meets the eye. Enlightening kids to all trees have to offer while still impressionable, will forever change their outlook. They will then have the power to be environmental stewards of the future.

Objective: 

Students will be able to explain the life cycle of tree growth and development. Students will be able to measure and identify tree species. 

Educational Standards: 

Life Sciences 

Benchmark B: Describe the characteristics of an organism in terms of a combination of inherited traits and recognize reproduction as a characteristic of living organisms essential to the continuation of the species. 

8th Grade – 3. Explain how variations in structure, behavior or physiology allow some organisms to enhance their reproductive success and survival in a particular environment. 

Benchmark B: Describe the characteristics of an organism in terms of a combination of inherited traits and recognize reproduction as a characteristic of living organisms essential to the continuation of the species. 

6th Grade - 4. Recognize that an individual organism does not live forever; therefore reproduction is necessary for the continuation of every species and traits are passed on to the next generation through reproduction. 

5. Describe that in asexual reproduction all the inherited traits come from a single parent. 

Benchmark D: Explain how extinction of a species occurs when the environment changes and its adaptive characteristics are insufficient to allow survival (as seen in evidence of the fossil record). 

7th Grade - 5. Explain that some environmental changes occur slowly while others occur rapidly (e.g., forest and pond succession, fires and decomposition). 

Scientific Inquiry 

8th Grade – 3. Read, construct and interpret data in various forms produced by self and others in both written and oral form (e.g., tables, charts, maps, graphs, diagrams and symbols). 

Materials: 
  • Worksheet Packet 
  • Time Device 
  • Tree Planted as Class the first day 
  • Different Leaves from trees 
  • Worksheet 
  • LCD Projector/ Overhead 
  • Tree branches  
  • Rulers 
  • Tape measures 
  • Tree identification books 
  • Pre-picked trees by teacher
  • Exit Tickets
  • A/B/C cards 
  • Buckeye
Time: 
One Class Period
Source: 
The Ohio State University Extension and USDA Forest Service, http://www.fs.fed.us/