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


Activity Description: 

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 of Science

Activity #3: Investigating EAB

At the end of the unit, students will understand that...

  • EAB is an invasive species that is devastating forest and trees in Ohio.

  • With sufficient background information, students can make scientific hypotheses to solve real- world problems.

  • Scientific experiments or investigations must be used to adequately test a hypothesis. Students will learn and apply the process of science and consider important safety measures.

  • Data must be carefully collected and recorded. Analysis of scientific data is important to fully understand your results. Data can be visualized and shared in a variety of ways.

  • Scientists have a responsibility to communicate and share their research with the public. To do this, scientists must present and write up their findings and conclusions. 


  • Recognize the introduction of EAB into US ecosystems.
  • Understand their general ecology and life cycle.
  • Learn how to identify EAB spread and distribution. 
  • Learn about the process of scientific investigations.
  • Develop scientific hypotheses and predictions about EAB distribution.
  • Collect and analyze data on EAB distribution.
  • Make inferences and share findings. 


Educational Standards: 


Grades 5-8: Science Inquiry & Application (O)

  • Identify questions that can be answered through scientific investigations

  • Design and conduct a scientific investigation

  • Use appropriate mathematics, tools and techniques to gather data and information

  • Analyze and interpret data

  • Develop descriptions, models, explanations and predictions

  • Think critically and logically to connect evidence and explanations

  • Recognize and analyze alternative explanations and predications

  • Communicate scientific procedures and explanations.

Grade 7: Life Sciences – Cycles of Matter and Flow of Energy (O)

  • Matter is transferred continuously between one organism to another and between organisms and their physical environments.

  • In any particular biome, the number, growth and survival of organisms and populations depend on biotic and abiotic factors.

Grade 8: Life Sciences – Species and Reproduction (O)

  • Reproduction is necessary for the continuation of every species.

  • The characteristics of an organism are a result of inherited traits received from parent(s). 

Pre-Activity Prep: 
  • Discovering EAB: 30 min
  • Process of Science: 30 min
  • Investigating EAB: 50 min
Doing the Activity: 

Find detailed instructions in the lesson guide linked below.


Varies depending on the activity. See the lesson guide linked below for more details.

Three 50-minute periods
The Ohio State University Extension and USDA Forest Service,