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Is There a Doctor in the Treehouse?

This lesson uses students' understanding of illnesses that can affect humans and relates them to maladies affecting trees.  Classroom discussions of the various causal agents of human and tree maladies are followed with a field activity in which tree conditions are observed.  Students collect photographs and data in the field and compile...

Invasive Species and Population Growth-Activity #3

Students listen to a 50-minute presentation on how invasive species can affect the population growth of a native species through disease (or disease transmission), competition, and predation. Students then complete a 50-minute online module titled "Invasive Species and Population Growth."

Where did that pencil come from?

The students will determine what goods can be produced from physical features such as rivers, lakes, mountains, and plains by looking at maps. Additionally, they will discuss the process these goods go through from nature to consumer.

TreEAB Week 3: Introducing the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)

A series of activities that enables students to explore the emerald ash borer and invasive species biology within the framework of scientific process. The lesson guide (link at the bottom of this page) includes detailed instructions and handouts for each of the activities. Activity #1: Discovering EAB  Activity #2: Process...

Beetle Busters-Community Leaders (Lesson 5)

New Recruits--Social Networking The class will review ALB social media awareness campaigns already in progress and how they can contribute to them by engaging peers.  Students then complete an activity where they assess their outdoor activities and how to incorporate ALB searches into them.

Beetle Busters-Smart Searchers (Lesson 2)

Search and Report--Follow the Signs The class discusses the life cycle of the ALB and relates the beetle's life stages to the signs of ALB infestation.

Tree-Mendous Trees (Lesson 2)

Using knowledge of tree parts gained in Lesson 1, students collect tree parts and use them to identify the tree using specified books.  Students then create a display and present results to the class.

i-Tree Unit Lesson 4: Carbon Cycle

In Lesson 3, students concluded that carbon dioxide impacts the ecosystem by heating the air, resulting in more evaporation and transpiration. Students also gained an understanding that human activity (i.e., their morning commute to school) produces carbon dioxide. In Lesson 4: Carbon Cycle, students explore the ways that carbon is both produced...

i-Tree Unit Lesson 6: Tree Adaptations

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...

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.

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