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Tree-Mendous Trees (Lesson 1)

Students recall everything they know about trees in science journals and share in a class discussion.  The book Tell Me, Tree: All about Trees for Kids, by Gail Gibbons is then used to begin a discussion about the parts of trees.  Students then revisit their tree knowledge and formulate questions for future learning.

Nature Works Everywhere Gardens Activity Guide: Water

The purpose of this activity guide is to help students understand their garden as a model watershed through the collection and analysis of rainwater filtration data. This guide serves as an extension to the Nature Works Everywhere How Natural Areas Filter Water lesson plan, which can be found at www.NatureWorksEverywhere.org. In this guide,...

i-Tree Unit Lesson 1: Water Cycle and Weather

This lesson emphasizes how evaporation affects precipitation which contributes to heavy rain and storms. It lays the foundation for thinking about the ways that trees can mitigate increased weather effects in urban environments like Washington, D.C. First, students discuss their past observations of evaporation and write a hypothesis to describe...

Design a Conservation Programme

By designing a conservation programme, students learn about the importance of biodiversity as well as the economic benefits and services ecosystems provide.

i-Tree Unit Lesson 3: Carbon Footprint

Through the experiment conducted in Lesson 2: Evaporation Lab, students concluded that higher atmospheric temperature causes an increase in evaporation which results in more precipitation. In Lesson 3, students first calculate the carbon footprint of their morning commute to school to realize that different modes of transportation produce varying...

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...

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...

Beetle Busters-Smart Searchers (Lesson 3)

Save Our Trees! The class discusses how to identify the trees preferred by the ALB and students search for ALB trees outside.  This is followed by a discussion of why trees are important and should be saved from ALB.  Optional activities for making word pictures and tree tags are included.

Forest for the Trees

In this activity, students will role-play managing a Tree Farm. By using a piece of land as a Tree Farm, they will begin to understand the economic factors that influence management decisions for private forest lands.

Beetle Busters-Community Leaders (Lesson 2)

Search and Report. Students will evaluate how signs of ALB infestation relate to the insect's life cycle.  They will also create personal Search Calendars identifying opportunities to search for various ALB life stages.

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