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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.

Sudden Oak Death Activity Guide

This activity guide explains the ins and outs of Sudden Oak Death in a dynamic and engaging way, blending games, maps, and activity prompts with kid-friendly background information on the disease.

Where did that pencil come from?

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.

Design a Conservation Programme

By designing a conservation programme, students learn about the importance of biodiversity as well as the economic benefits and services ecosystems provide.

Forest for the Trees

In this activity, students will role-play managing a Tree Farm. By using a piece of land as a Tree Farm, they will begin to understand the economic factors that influence management decisions for private forest lands.

i-Tree Unit Lesson 4: Carbon Cycle

In Lesson 3, students concluded that carbon dioxide impacts the ecosystem by heating the air, resulting in more evaporation and transpiration. Students also gained an understanding that human activity (i.e., their morning commute to school) produces carbon dioxide. In Lesson 4: Carbon Cycle, students explore the ways that carbon is both produced...

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.

Species that Cause Change in the Environment-Beneficial vs. Harmful (Activity #1)

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...

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 3)

Save Our Trees! The class discusses how to identify the trees preferred by the ALB and students search for ALB trees outside.  This is followed by a discussion of why trees are important and should be saved from ALB.  Optional activities for making word pictures and tree tags are included.

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