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Plants are All Around Us-Unit Outline

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...

Tree-Mendous Trees (Lesson 3)

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. 

Beetle Busters-Smart Searchers (Lesson 1)

Search and Report--Find the ALB Specified resources are used to facilitate class discussion about identifying the adult Asian longhorned beetle.

i-Tree Unit Lesson 6: Tree Adaptations

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...

Invasive Species and Population Growth-Activity #1

Students listen to a 50-minute presentation on how invasive species can affect the population growth of a native species through disease (or disease transmission), competition, and predation. They then set up a hands-on experiment examining factors affecting carrying capacity.

Nature Works Everywhere Gardens Activity Guide: Water

The purpose of this activity guide is to help students understand their garden as a model watershed through the collection and analysis of rainwater filtration data. This guide serves as an extension to the Nature Works Everywhere How Natural Areas Filter Water lesson plan, which can be found at www.NatureWorksEverywhere.org. In this guide,...

400-Acre Wood

In this activity, students will play the role of managers of a 400-acre (162 hectare) piece of public forest. Through this role, students will begin to understand the complex considerations that influence management decisions about forest lands.

i-Tree Unit Lesson 8: Planting Report

Students will create a report for their Tree Planting Designs on their efficacy in reducing carbon in their communities.

Tree-Mendous Trees (Lesson 1)

Students recall everything they know about trees in science journals and share in a class discussion.  The book Tell Me, Tree: All about Trees for Kids, by Gail Gibbons is then used to begin a discussion about the parts of trees.  Students then revisit their tree knowledge and formulate questions for future learning.

Trees in Trouble-Acorn Planting

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.


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