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.
Comparing and Contrasting
This resource is an eight-page (two printed 8.5X11 sheets), accurately illustrated guide to subphyla of North American arthropods and explains how taxonomy works.
Students will discuss and analyze a fictional story related to natural resources. Students will determine whether the main ideas of the story build a case for the conservation and wise use of natural resources.
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 they learn with others.
Primary unit on plants. In this activity students use observational skills to compare and discuss the changes in plants. They will identify plant parts, where seeds come from and how they grow. They will also determine what plants need to survive.
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.
Students begin with observations of acorns and discuss how to tell if they are healthy and what they need to grow. Students then participate in a drawing activity and lengths and weights of acorns are recorded. Additonal activities allow students to evaluate how environmental factors impact acorn health and ability to grow.
Search and Report.
Students will evaluate how signs of ALB infestation relate to the insect's life cycle. They will also create personal Search Calendars identifying opportunities to search for various ALB life stages.
Students use ALB ID Cards to create labeled diagrams of key ALB characteristics. They then complete a Classification Tree comparing the ALB with native insects.