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TreEAB Week 1, Lesson 3: How trees grow

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...

Biodiversity, Invasive Species, and Plant Biosecurity-Activity #1

The presentation focuses on biodiversity, how invasive species affect biodiversity, who is involved in detecting invasive species, and plant biosecurity.  It also features other plant biosecurity issues such as those that affect our food supply, the USDA Select Agents and Toxins list, and agroterrorism events of the last century. In the...

i-Tree Unit Lesson 7: Tree Planting Design

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...

Catch and Release Insect Collecting

This activity worksheet guides students on how to practice "catch and release" insect collecting, where to look for insects, and how to observe them after they are caught.

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...

i-Tree Unit Lesson 8: Planting Report

Students will create a report for their Tree Planting Designs on their efficacy in reducing carbon in their communities.

i-Tree Unit Lesson 6: Tree Adaptations

In Lesson 5: Canopy Assessment, students subtracted the annual amount of sequestered carbon dioxide from the carbon footprint of their zip code. This gave them an understanding of the “carbon balance” of their zip code, or the amount of carbon that is possible to capture by planting additional trees. In Lesson 6, students will examine which tree...

Trees in Trouble-Sudden Oak Death...On the Move

Students will observe and discuss photos and information sheets on symptoms of SOD and how the pathogen spreads.  A hands-on activity demonstrating how soil is moved on shoes follows, and is wrapped up with a discussion on sanitizing practices. 

Is There a Doctor in the Treehouse?

This lesson uses students' understanding of illnesses that can affect humans and relates them to maladies affecting trees.  Classroom discussions of the various causal agents of human and tree maladies are followed with a field activity in which tree conditions are observed.  Students collect photographs and data in the field and compile...

Nature Works Everywhere Gardens Activity Guide: Habitat and Pollinators

Students learn how the garden provides habitat for a variety of different animal species. They make observations and collect data to determine which species inhabit the garden (especially pollinators), investigate relationships among them, and identify factors that may affect them. They use this data to track species over a period of time to...

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