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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 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...

i-Tree Unit Lesson 1: Water Cycle and Weather

This lesson emphasizes how evaporation affects precipitation which contributes to heavy rain and storms. It lays the foundation for thinking about the ways that trees can mitigate increased weather effects in urban environments like Washington, D.C. First, students discuss their past observations of evaporation and write a hypothesis to describe...

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...

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...

400-Acre Wood

In this activity, students will play the role of managers of a 400-acre (162 hectare) piece of public forest. Through this role, students will begin to understand the complex considerations that influence management decisions about forest lands.

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.

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.

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.

Three Cheers for Trees

It’s easy to take for granted both trees and the many benefi ts they provide. In this activity, students picture how their community would be different without trees and think about how much trees add to people’s lives.

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