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.
Never underestimate the power of a tree! Besides giving us an amazing array of paper and wood products, trees provide a host of other benefits—from shading our backyards to assisting in the maintenance of the global climate. Students can express their appreciation of trees by planning and carrying out their own tree-planting project.
In this activity, students will play the role of managers of a 400-acre (162 hectare) piece of public forest. Through this role, students will begin to understand the complex considerations that influence management decisions about forest lands.
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.
It’s easy to take for granted both trees and the many benefi ts they provide. In this activity, students picture how their community would be different without trees and think about how much trees add to people’s lives.
Students are often surprised to learn how many different products we get from trees. Use this activity to help your students learn just how much we depend on trees in our daily lives.
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.