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.
Identifying Attributes and Components
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 species are best suited for their area based on two factors that affect tree adaptations: precipitation and temperature.
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.
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 observe plants in their neighborhood and classroom and discover how books provide factual information about real life things, like plants.
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, but the recommendation is 20 minutes or less per student.
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.
New Recruits--Action Campaigns
The class will discuss how people obtain new information and will identify attributes of effective awareness and advertising campaigns. Students will then complete an activity in which they discuss Beetle Busters action campaign plans, target audiences for messaging, and their connections to important audiences.
It’s easy to take for granted both trees and the many benefi ts they provide. In this activity, students picture how their community would be different without trees and think about how much trees add to people’s lives.