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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.

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...

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 2: Evaporation Lab

At the conclusion of Lesson 1: Water Cycle & Weather, students were asked the question: “How does temperature affect evaporation?” Students review the water cycle and how it affects the weather, conduct the evaporation lab and describe the factors that affect evaporation.

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...

How Does Your Garden Grow?

This reading assignment proides a brief summary of what a garden is, what plants need to grow, how plants make food, and other components of gardens such as pests and pollinators.

Beetle Busters-Smart Searchers (Lesson 1)

Search and Report--Find the ALB Specified resources are used to facilitate class discussion about identifying the adult Asian longhorned beetle.

Beetle Busters-Community Leaders (Lesson 4)

New Recruits--Action Campaigns The class will discuss how people obtain new information and will identify attributes of effective awareness and advertising campaigns.  Students will then complete an activity in which they discuss Beetle Busters action campaign plans, target audiences for messaging, and their connections to important...

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.

Who Speaks for the Trees (Part B-The Sequel)

Either alone or in small groups, have students write and illustrate a sequel to Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. The sequel might explain how the Truffula Tree made a comeback through replanting and proper care or what the new managers of the Truffula Tree Company are going to do to maintain environmental quality and at the same time make Thneeds.

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