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Sudden Oak Death Activity Guide

This activity guide explains the ins and outs of Sudden Oak Death in a dynamic and engaging way, blending games, maps, and activity prompts with kid-friendly background information on the disease.

Beetle Busters-Community Leaders (Lesson 3)

Save our Trees! Students discuss what trees are preferred by ALB and research attributes of hosts.  They then survey and measure trees in a local area and use the National Tree Benefits Calculator to reinforce the value of trees and the services they provide.

i-Tree Unit Lesson 7: Tree Planting Design

In Lesson 6: Tree Adaptations, students identified at least 5 different tree species based on their ability to adapt to the two main climate factors of their project areas: precipitation and temperature. As a control, students also identified tree species outside of the recommended USDA Hardiness Zone to compare results. This tree data was modeled...

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...

Invasive Species and Population Growth-Activity #2

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. They then complete a hands-on activity in which carrying capacity is demonstrated using a game with a 10x10 grid and kidney beans.

Beetle Busters-Community Leaders (Lesson 1)

Students use ALB ID Cards to create labeled diagrams of key ALB characteristics.  They then complete a Classification Tree comparing the ALB with native insects.

Invasive Species

Students will each undertake independent research to prepare a ‘case file’ for a different invasive species, and will use the information they have collated to participate in a class or group discussion on the impacts of invasive species.

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...

Design an Invasive Species

Students will learn about invasive non-native species and the negative impacts they can have, looking at examples from the UK. Using what they have learned, the students will then design their own invasive species.

From Seeds to Plants

Primary unit on plants. In this activity students use observational skills to compare and discuss the changes in plants. They will identify plant parts, where seeds come from and how they grow. They will also determine what plants need to survive.


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