TreEAB Week 1, Lesson 5: Celebrate Trees

Lesson:

Activity Description: 

At the end of this mini-unit, students will understand all the ecosystems services and value trees provide to humans everyday. 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 develop a plan illustrating how communities and people’s lives would be different without trees.

Educational Standards: 

Science and Technology 

Benchmark A: Give examples of how technological advances, influenced by scientific knowledge, affect the quality of life. 

6th Grade - 2. Explain how decisions about the use of products and systems can result in desirable or undesirable consequences (e.g., social and environmental). 

7th Grade - 2. Describe how decisions to develop and use technologies often put environmental and economic concerns in direct competition with each other. 

Benchmark B: Design a solution or product taking into account needs and constraints (e.g., cost, time, trade-offs, properties of materials, safety and aesthetics). 

6th Grade - 5. Design and build a product or create a solution to a problem given one constraint (e.g., limits of cost and time for design and production, supply of materials and environmental effects). 

7th Grade - 4. Design and build a product or create a solution to a problem given two constraints. 

8th Grade - 3. Design and build a product or create a solution to aproblem given more than two constraints. 

4. Evaluate the overall effectiveness of a product design or solution. 

Materials: 
  • Homework Items 
  • Video capability 
  • PowerPoint 
  • Example Problem with Outline 
  • Daily Packets 
  • Cooperative Group Role Cards 
  • Computers 
  • PowerPoint 
  • Notes Sheet 
  • Group Grade Sheets
  • Chart paper 
  • Markers 
Time: 
One Class Period
Source: 
The Ohio State University Extension and USDA Forest Service, http://www.fs.fed.us/