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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...

Nature Works Everywhere Gardens Activity Guide: Community

Students plan, create and participate in an outreach event to share some of the benefits of their school garden — educational, experiential, and material — with others in your community. Students gather data to evaluate the impact of their event, and use this data to develop ideas for increasing community engagement and multiplying the effect of...

i-Tree Unit Lesson 5: Canopy Assessment Lab

In Lesson 4: Carbon Cycle, students explored the ways that carbon is both produced and sequestered, and described how they would reduce carbon in the atmosphere (using text and visuals). As a follow up to calculating their personal carbon footprint in Lesson 3, students will calculate the carbon footprint of their zip code. Next, they will use the...

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.

TreEAB Week 1, Lesson 3: How trees grow

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...

i-Tree Unit Lesson 7: Tree Planting Design

In Lesson 6: Tree Adaptations, students identified at least 5 different tree species based on their ability to adapt to the two main climate factors of their project areas: precipitation and temperature. As a control, students also identified tree species outside of the recommended USDA Hardiness Zone to compare results. This tree data was modeled...

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."

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-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 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...

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