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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.

Beetle Busters-Community Leaders (Intro Lesson)

Call to Action. Students are introduced to the ALB and what it means to be a Beetle Buster Community Leader.  The class creates a Wanted Wall with info about ALB from different sources, and students complete a writing activity describing why they are qualified and want to help stop the ALB.  

Catch and Release Insect Collecting

This activity worksheet guides students on how to practice "catch and release" insect collecting, where to look for insects, and how to observe them after they are caught.

How Big is Your Carbon Footprint?

The ecological footprint concept is a way to roughly measure the impact of a person’s daily and long-term choices on the environment. People have become so accustomed to their diet, cars, homes, and energy usage that they don’t realize that the Earth will not be able to provide the needed resources indefinitely. When students go online to...

Beetle Busters-Smart Searchers (Intro Lesson)

Report for Duty! Students are introduced to the Asian longhorned beetle and how they can help by becoming Beetle Busters.  

Species that Cause Change in the Environment-Beneficial vs. Harmful (Activity #2)

A 30-minute presentation focuses on how some species (native and introduced) are beneficial to the environment, while others (native and introduced) are actually detrimental (harmful) to the environment.  The presentation is followed by an activity in which students complete a workbook assignment.

i-Tree Unit Lesson 5: Canopy Assessment Lab

In Lesson 4: Carbon Cycle, students explored the ways that carbon is both produced and sequestered, and described how they would reduce carbon in the atmosphere (using text and visuals). As a follow up to calculating their personal carbon footprint in Lesson 3, students will calculate the carbon footprint of their zip code. Next, they will use the...

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,...

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...

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."

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