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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.

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...

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.

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...

Who Speaks for the Trees

Students will discuss and analyze a fictional story related to natural resources. Students will determine whether the main ideas of the story build a case for the conservation and wise use of natural resources.

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.

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...

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.

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 #3

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.

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