The students will determine what goods can be produced from physical features such as rivers, lakes, mountains, and plains by looking at maps. Additionally, they will discuss the process these goods go through from nature to consumer.
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.
Students plan, create and participate in an outreach event to share some of the benefits of their school garden — educational, experiential, and material — with others in your community. Students gather data to evaluate the impact of their event, and use this data to develop ideas for increasing community engagement and multiplying the effect of their school garden. Students plan and execute a campaign to address a need, issue, or problem they have discovered in their community.
Students will learn about how trees are an essential part of our lives with a focus on the role they play in urban areas, including energy considerations. They then consider threats posed to trees, including non-native insects, domestic animal waste, and erosion. Students then evaluate the potential impact of local tree conservation efforts and design a plan for their community.
New Recruits--Social Networking
The class will review ALB social media awareness campaigns already in progress and how they can contribute to them by engaging peers. Students then complete an activity where they assess their outdoor activities and how to incorporate ALB searches into them.
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.
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.
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.
Students create Community Webs to show how they are connected to other people and groups in the community. They then discuss how to share the message about ALB and who is best to share it with.