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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. 

Invasive Species and Population Growth-Activity #3

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. Students then complete a 50-minute online module titled "Invasive Species and Population Growth."

Beetle Busters-Community Leaders (Lesson 1)

Students use ALB ID Cards to create labeled diagrams of key ALB characteristics.  They then complete a Classification Tree comparing the ALB with native insects.

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. 

Invasive Species

Students will each undertake independent research to prepare a ‘case file’ for a different invasive species, and will use the information they have collated to participate in a class or group discussion on the impacts of invasive species.

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.

TreEAB Week 1, Lesson 1: Why trees matter

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...

Catch and Release Insect Collecting

This activity worksheet guides students on how to practice "catch and release" insect collecting, where to look for insects, and how to observe them after they are caught.

Who Speaks for the Trees

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.

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...

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