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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.

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.

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...

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 Intro: Tree Inventory - Map Your Schoolyard

Students walk around their schoolyard to conduct a Tree Inventory that assesses land usage and the existing trees. They note the different ways that the land is being used (i.e, residential, commercial, parks) and draw these on the map in their Lab Journal. They also draw all of the existing trees on their school’s block. In addition, students...

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.

Species that Cause Change in the Environment-Beneficial vs. Harmful (Activity #2)

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 an activity in which students complete a workbook assignment.

Beetle Busters-Smart Searchers (Lesson 2)

Search and Report--Follow the Signs The class discusses the life cycle of the ALB and relates the beetle's life stages to the signs of ALB infestation.

Plants are All Around Us-How Many Little Seeds Math Task Activity #3

Students explore the concept of addition and subtraction combining and dividing seeds in a pot. Students pretend to be busy gardeners, adding seeds to the pot to plant and grow, or hungry birds, swooping down from high above to subtract seeds from the pot to eat.

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...

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