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.
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.
By designing a conservation programme, students learn about the importance of biodiversity as well as the economic benefits and services ecosystems provide.
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.
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 a researching activity where students visit several specified websites and complete a handout and final report on their findings.
Save our Trees!
Students discuss what trees are preferred by ALB and research attributes of hosts. They then survey and measure trees in a local area and use the National Tree Benefits Calculator to reinforce the value of trees and the services they provide.
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.
Call to Action.
Students are introduced to the ALB and what it means to be a Beetle Buster Community Leader. The class creates a Wanted Wall with info about ALB from different sources, and students complete a writing activity describing why they are qualified and want to help stop the ALB.