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Biodiversity, Invasive Species, and Plant Biosecurity-Activity #2

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. Students...

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.  

Trees in Trouble-Sudden Oak Death...On the Move

Students will observe and discuss photos and information sheets on symptoms of SOD and how the pathogen spreads.  A hands-on activity demonstrating how soil is moved on shoes follows, and is wrapped up with a discussion on sanitizing practices. 

Identifying Plant Family Characteristics

In this botany field activity, students make observations of the similarities and differences between three types of garden plants (cucumber, pumpkin, and melon) to determine why they are grouped together in one plant family. Students will record their observations in a journal and use these to make predictions of the plant family's defining...

Beetle Busters-Community Leaders (Lesson 2)

Search and Report. Students will evaluate how signs of ALB infestation relate to the insect's life cycle.  They will also create personal Search Calendars identifying opportunities to search for various ALB life stages.

Beetle Busters-Community Leaders (Lesson 5)

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.

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...

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...

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. 

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...

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