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Tree-Mendous Trees (Lesson 3)

This lesson was designed for children to take all of the information they have been learning about trees a step further. Now that they have learned what parts make up a tree, what function each part serves, and how to collect and identify different parts of a tree, the focus is going to shift to factors that might influence plant growth. 

Trees in Trouble-SOD Experts

Students search a curated list of websites to gather known information about SOD.  They then formulate lists of questions to ask an "SOD expert" and discuss as a class.

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."

Can My Tree Catch the Flu?

This series of [4] activities helps increase youth awareness of Sudden Oak Death (SOD), a tree disease that has had devastating effects on oak populations in California. To provide an analogy to how a tree catches this disease, participants are introduced to a familiar situation – catching the flu. All activities were initially developed for a...

Build a Tree

This activity (on pages 13-18) has learners build a model tree and then figure out how to make their tree stand up by itself.  This illustrates how the tall rain forest trees adapt to support a huge trunk and heavy branches, while also sending their roots out instead of down.

Biodiversity, Invasive Species, and Plant Biosecurity-Activity #1

The presentation focuses on biodiversity, how invasive species affect biodiversity, who is involved in detecting invasive species, and plant biosecurity.  It also features other plant biosecurity issues such as those that affect our food supply, the USDA Select Agents and Toxins list, and agroterrorism events of the last century. In the...

Nature Works Everywhere: Urban Trees

Students will learn about how trees are an essential part of our lives with a focus on the role they play in urban areas, including energy considerations.  They then consider threats posed to trees, including non-native insects, domestic animal waste, and erosion.  Students then evaluate the potential impact of local tree conservation...

Plants are All Around Us-How Many Little Seeds Math Task Activity #1

Students explore the concept of addition and subtraction combining and dividing seeds in a pot. Students pretend to be busy gardeners, adding seeds to the pot to plant and grow, or hungry birds, swooping down from high above to subtract seeds from the pot to eat.

Nature Works Everywhere Gardens Activity Guide: Community

Students plan, create and participate in an outreach event to share some of the benefits of their school garden — educational, experiential, and material — with others in your community. Students gather data to evaluate the impact of their event, and use this data to develop ideas for increasing community engagement and multiplying the effect of...

Three Cheers for Trees

It’s easy to take for granted both trees and the many benefi ts they provide. In this activity, students picture how their community would be different without trees and think about how much trees add to people’s lives.


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