i-Tree Unit Lesson 7: Tree Planting Design


Activity Description: 

In Lesson 6: Tree Adaptations, students identified at least 5 different tree species based on their ability to adapt to the two main climate factors of their project areas: precipitation and temperature. As a control, students also identified tree species outside of the recommended USDA Hardiness Zone to compare results. This tree data was modeled using i­Tree Design to determine which tree species are more likely to survive. Students noted the adaptations of the trees that are best suited for the precipitation and temperature of their area. In Lesson 7: Tree Planting Design, students will create 3 individual tree planting designs. The design process entails following a series of steps using the i­Tree Design software. Students will use the data that they recorded in their Lab Journal from the Canopy Assessment and Tree Research lessons. Once their designs are created, students will calculate the carbon balance of each design.

Educational Standards: 

Next Generation Science Standards:

MS­ESS3­3: Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.

MS­ETS1­2: Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

MS­ETS1­3: Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.

MS­ETS1­4: Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.

Common Core:

CCSS.ELA­LITERACY.RST.6­8.3: Follow precisely a multistep performing technical tasks.

Pre-Activity Prep: 

Reserve the computer lab with internet connection


Tree Planting Design Slideshow

Materials needed by each student to complete the lab portion:

1. Canopy Assessment Data

2. Tree Research Data

3. Computer

4. Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox

5. i­Tree Design

One Class Period
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