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Trees in Trouble-SOD Experts

Students search a curated list of websites to gather known information about SOD.  They then formulate lists of questions to ask an "SOD expert" and discuss as a class.

i-Tree Unit Lesson 4: Carbon Cycle

In Lesson 3, students concluded that carbon dioxide impacts the ecosystem by heating the air, resulting in more evaporation and transpiration. Students also gained an understanding that human activity (i.e., their morning commute to school) produces carbon dioxide. In Lesson 4: Carbon Cycle, students explore the ways that carbon is both produced...

Build a Tree

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.

Nature Works Everywhere: Urban Trees

Students will learn about how trees are an essential part of our lives with a focus on the role they play in urban areas, including energy considerations.  They then consider threats posed to trees, including non-native insects, domestic animal waste, and erosion.  Students then evaluate the potential impact of local tree conservation...

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 1, Lesson 1: Why trees matter

At the end of this mini-unit, students will understand all the ecosystems services and value trees provide to humans every day. Students will know the biological processes of trees and the importance of native trees for providing habitat. Finally, they will acknowledge the significance trees add to our surroundings and be able to share everything...

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.

Beetle Busters-Smart Searchers (Lesson 2)

Search and Report--Follow the Signs The class discusses the life cycle of the ALB and relates the beetle's life stages to the signs of ALB infestation.

Tree-Mendous Trees (Lesson 2)

Using knowledge of tree parts gained in Lesson 1, students collect tree parts and use them to identify the tree using specified books.  Students then create a display and present results to the class.

Plant A Tree

Never underestimate the power of a tree! Besides giving us an amazing array of paper and wood products, trees provide a host of other benefits—from shading our backyards to assisting in the maintenance of the global climate. Students can express their appreciation of trees by planning and carrying out their own tree-planting project.


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