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Plants are All Around Us-How Many Little Seeds Math Task Activity #1

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.

Biodiversity, Invasive Species, and Plant Biosecurity-Activity #3

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...

Tree-Mendous Trees (Lesson 2)

Using knowledge of tree parts gained in Lesson 1, students collect tree parts and use them to identify the tree using specified books.  Students then create a display and present results to the class.

From Seeds to Plants

Primary unit on plants. In this activity students use observational skills to compare and discuss the changes in plants. They will identify plant parts, where seeds come from and how they grow. They will also determine what plants need to survive.

Species that Cause Change in the Environment-Beneficial vs. Harmful (Activity #3)

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 where students complete an online e-learning module and associated handout.

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.

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...

How Does Your Garden Grow?

This reading assignment proides a brief summary of what a garden is, what plants need to grow, how plants make food, and other components of gardens such as pests and pollinators.

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...

Design an Invasive Species

Students will learn about invasive non-native species and the negative impacts they can have, looking at examples from the UK. Using what they have learned, the students will then design their own invasive species.

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