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Build a Tree

This activity (on pages 13-18) has learners build a model tree and then figure out how to make their tree stand up by itself.  This illustrates how the tall rain forest trees adapt to support a huge trunk and heavy branches, while also sending their roots out instead of down.

Arthropod (insect/spider/bug) identification and activity guide

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.

TreEAB Week 1, Lesson 5: Celebrate Trees

At the end of this mini-unit, students will understand all the ecosystems services and value trees provide to humans everyday. 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...

Plants are All Around Us-How Plants Grow Literacy Task

Students observe plants in their neighborhood and classroom and discover how books provide factual information about real life things, like plants.

Beetle Busters-Smart Searchers (Lesson 4)

New Recruits. 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.

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...

Is There a Doctor in the Treehouse?

This lesson uses students' understanding of illnesses that can affect humans and relates them to maladies affecting trees.  Classroom discussions of the various causal agents of human and tree maladies are followed with a field activity in which tree conditions are observed.  Students collect photographs and data in the field and compile...

How Big is Your Carbon Footprint?

The ecological footprint concept is a way to roughly measure the impact of a person’s daily and long-term choices on the environment. People have become so accustomed to their diet, cars, homes, and energy usage that they don’t realize that the Earth will not be able to provide the needed resources indefinitely. When students go online to...

TreEAB Week 1, Lesson 3: How trees grow

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...

Beetle Busters-Smart Searchers (Intro Lesson)

Report for Duty! Students are introduced to the Asian longhorned beetle and how they can help by becoming Beetle Busters.  

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