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i-Tree Unit Lesson 2: Evaporation Lab

At the conclusion of Lesson 1: Water Cycle & Weather, students were asked the question: “How does temperature affect evaporation?” Students review the water cycle and how it affects the weather, conduct the evaporation lab and describe the factors that affect evaporation.

TreEAB Week 3: Introducing the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)

A series of activities that enables students to explore the emerald ash borer and invasive species biology within the framework of scientific process. The lesson guide (link at the bottom of this page) includes detailed instructions and handouts for each of the activities. Activity #1: Discovering EAB  Activity #2: Process...

Biodiversity, Invasive Species, and Plant Biosecurity-Activity #2

The presentation focuses on biodiversity, how invasive species affect biodiversity, who is involved in detecting invasive species, and plant biosecurity.  It also features other plant biosecurity issues such as those that affect our food supply, the USDA Select Agents and Toxins list, and agroterrorism events of the last century. Students...

i-Tree Unit Lesson 8: Planting Report

Students will create a report for their Tree Planting Designs on their efficacy in reducing carbon in their communities.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

This reading assignment proides a brief summary of what a garden is, what plants need to grow, how plants make food, and other components of gardens such as pests and pollinators.

i-Tree Unit Lesson 3: Carbon Footprint

Through the experiment conducted in Lesson 2: Evaporation Lab, students concluded that higher atmospheric temperature causes an increase in evaporation which results in more precipitation. In Lesson 3, students first calculate the carbon footprint of their morning commute to school to realize that different modes of transportation produce varying...

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...

We All Need Trees

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.

Biodiversity, Invasive Species, and Plant Biosecurity-Activity #1

The presentation focuses on biodiversity, how invasive species affect biodiversity, who is involved in detecting invasive species, and plant biosecurity.  It also features other plant biosecurity issues such as those that affect our food supply, the USDA Select Agents and Toxins list, and agroterrorism events of the last century. In the...

Species that Cause Change in the Environment-Beneficial vs. Harmful (Activity #3)

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 where students complete an online e-learning module and associated handout.

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