Students search a curated list of websites to gather known information about SOD. They then formulate lists of questions to ask an "SOD expert" and discuss as a class.
Sudden Oak Death
Students will observe and discuss photos and information sheets on symptoms of SOD and how the pathogen spreads. A hands-on activity demonstrating how soil is moved on shoes follows, and is wrapped up with a discussion on sanitizing practices.
Students begin with observations of acorns and discuss how to tell if they are healthy and what they need to grow. Students then participate in a drawing activity and lengths and weights of acorns are recorded. Additonal activities allow students to evaluate how environmental factors impact acorn health and ability to grow.
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.
This series of  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 middle-school level audience but may easily be adapted to other ages and levels. The activities are interactive and engaging for the learner.