Students will create a report for their Tree Planting Designs on their efficacy in reducing carbon in their communities.
In Lesson 4: Carbon Cycle, students explored the ways that carbon is both produced and sequestered, and described how they would reduce carbon in the atmosphere (using text and visuals). As a follow up to calculating their personal carbon footprint in Lesson 3, students will calculate the carbon footprint of their zip code. Next, they will use the iTree Canopy online application to assess the area of tree canopy in their defined area and how much carbon is already being captured by the existing trees.
By designing a conservation programme, students learn about the importance of biodiversity as well as the economic benefits and services ecosystems provide.
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.
The lesson begins with a discussion about what pollinators are, why they are important, and the adaptations plants have to attract them. The activity that follows includes a discussion focused on specific plant adaptations for different pollinators, and students then design an imaginary plant adapted to an assigned pollinator.
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.
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.
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.
This lesson was designed for children to take all of the information they have been learning about trees a step further. Now that they have learned what parts make up a tree, what function each part serves, and how to collect and identify different parts of a tree, the focus is going to shift to factors that might influence plant growth.