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Design a Conservation Programme

By designing a conservation programme, students learn about the importance of biodiversity as well as the economic benefits and services ecosystems provide.

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...

Plants are All Around Us-Unit Outline

Students will explore plants, including their attributes and growth cycle, over the course of one month or longer. This unit on plants consists of 6 sequenced learning plans. Each activity or learning plan works best with a small group of 4-5 students, in centers, over the course of one week each. Duration of student engagement in tasks will vary...

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 2)

Search and Report. Students will evaluate how signs of ALB infestation relate to the insect's life cycle.  They will also create personal Search Calendars identifying opportunities to search for various ALB life stages.

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.

Plants are All Around Us-How Plants Grow Literacy Task

Students observe plants in their neighborhood and classroom and discover how books provide factual information about real life things, like plants.

Plants are All Around Us-How Many Little Seeds Math Task Activity #2

Students explore the concept of addition and subtraction combining and dividing seeds in a pot. Students pretend to be busy gardeners, adding seeds to the pot to plant and grow, or hungry birds, swooping down from high above to subtract seeds from the pot to eat.

i-Tree Unit Lesson 1: Water Cycle and Weather

This lesson emphasizes how evaporation affects precipitation which contributes to heavy rain and storms. It lays the foundation for thinking about the ways that trees can mitigate increased weather effects in urban environments like Washington, D.C. First, students discuss their past observations of evaporation and write a hypothesis to describe...

Who Speaks for the Trees (Part B-The Sequel)

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.

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