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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 i­Tree Canopy online application to assess the area of tree canopy in their defined area and how much carbon is already being captured by the existing trees.

Smarty Plants

The lesson begins with a discussion about what pollinators are, why they are important, and the adaptations plants have to attract them.  The activity that follows includes a discussion focused on specific plant adaptations for different pollinators, and students then design an imaginary plant adapted to an assigned pollinator.

Species that Cause Change in the Environment-Beneficial vs. Harmful (Activity #1)

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 a researching activity where students visit several specified websites and complete a handout and final report on their findings.

Tree-Mendous Trees (Lesson 3)

This lesson was designed for children to take all of the information they have been learning about trees a step further. Now that they have learned what parts make up a tree, what function each part serves, and how to collect and identify different parts of a tree, the focus is going to shift to factors that might influence plant growth. 

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