This activity (on pages 13-18) has learners build a model tree and then figure out how to make their tree stand up by itself. This illustrates how the tall rain forest trees adapt to support a huge trunk and heavy branches, while also sending their roots out instead of down.
Students learn how the structural components of trees help them stand up under rainforest conditions.
Gather materials necessary for the activity.
For each team of 2:
- masking tape
- 1 large brown grocery bag - heavy gauge
- green tissue paper cut into 10 x 6 inch pieces (four pieces per team)
- 10 x 10 inch pieces of tagboard or cardboard (1 or 2 pieces per team)