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Fifth graders examine the topography, climate and natural resources of Costa Rica. They analyze works of art from Costa Rica and create drawings of the four layers of vegetation and rain forest animals.
Fifth graders examine and discuss the topography, climate, natural resources and artwork of Costa Rica. They develop a diagram of the layers of the rain forest, and design a tourist brochure or advertisement promoting Costa Rica's natural resources.
In the Western Forests there lives a beetle, a mountain pine beetle. Explore the ways in which a once manageable beetle population has grown to unmanageable numbers because of climate change in forest regions. After examining case study documents and a video, the class engages in a discussion on the potential versus actual impact of climate change on forest beetle population. Several great web links and extension activities are suggested to add to or augment the learning experience.
A maritime forest is a forest near the sea. Learners examine a set of animals to see if the maritime forest habitat would meet all of their survival needs. The teacher first describes what types of things can be provided by a maritime forest, then she hands out fact sheets about various animals for learners to read. As each child reads the information, the class decides which animal is best suited for life in a maritime forest. Animal cut-outs are taped on the wall to create a maritime forest mural.   
Students explore the reasons Mangrove forests are in jeopardy.  In this instructional activity, students read an article that discusses specific facts on Mangrove forests, then complete numerous activities that reinforce the information, such as taking a quiz, listing the advantages and disadvantages of mangroves, completing a simulation activity and writing an email on the topic.
Students describe a forest as a living community. They determine members interact, and in many cases, depend on each other for their basic survival needs. They investigate how dependent the Native Americans were on the forest community for survival and that even today we too are dependent on plants for survival.
Students consider the interdependency of life in a temperate forest by studying selected organisms from an Asian temperate forest and creating a food web.
Students become familiar with the temperate rainforest.  In this forest ecosystem instructional activity, students identify the producers, consumers and decomposers in the forest ecosystem.  Students sort cards and identify the trophic level of the rainforest.  Students view and discuss various artifacts of the rainforest.
Young scholars write a story based on their research of the kelp forest. In this ecosystem instructional activity, students view a video and research the kelp forest ecosystem. They write a short story imagining the discovery of a new species in the kelp forest.
In this forester worksheet, learners illustrate a map that shows the types of forests growing in various parts of the country. They also identify six forest trees common to the area where they live and explain how both wildlife and humans use them. Finally, students draw their own urban forestry plan for adding trees to a street, yard, or park near their home.
Students explore the four characteristics of an old growth forest. In this forest lesson, students research old growth forests and their inhabitants. Students work in four separate groups and create a mural for their characteristic of an old growth forest.
Fourth graders plant a tree. In this sustainable forestry lesson, 4th graders define community forest and brainstorm a location to plant a new tree on the school grounds. Students learn how to plant a tree and discuss choosing an appropriate tree for it's location.
Students examine how seasonal changes affect life in a forest ecosystem.  For this ecosystem lesson students complete a lab activity to see how organisms are dependent on each other for nutrition. 
Students work as a group to determine a management plan for an imaginary forest. In this forestry lesson, students discuss timber management techniques and develop a list of pros and cons for the techniques. They develop a management plan for an imaginary forest based on the discussion.
Students investigate claims of medicinal plants found in the rain forest. In this research skills lesson, students examine the validity of Internet sources as they visit websites in search of information about rain forest plants that are used or could be used in medicines. Students share their findings as well as the strategies they employed to determine whether the information presented was authoritative.
Students consider the definition of an ecosystem, its parts, and how these parts can be affected when the ecosystem is endangered. They examine dangers being faced by the Canadian boreal forest by reading "For Billions of Birds, an Endangered Haven".
How many rainforests are on our planet? Start this lesson by defining the word characteristic and reading a story about rain forests. (There is no book recommendation included, but A Rainforest Habitat by Molly Aloian and Bobby Kalman might be a good place to start.) Then, distribute the fact sheet (questions are included, but no document is attached), and have learners use the Internet and other sources to find the answers. 
Students explore nature by participating in a poetry writing activity. In this forest investigation lesson, students identify images and feelings they experienced while they were in a forest on a class trip. Students identify poetry forms and write both Haiku and Cinquain poems based on natural elements.
In this natural resources worksheet, students read a passage out forests and answer short answer questions about it. Students complete 5 short answer questions.
Students complete pre reading, writing, and post reading activities for the book Accident in the Forest. In this guided reading lesson plan, students complete writing, go over vocabulary, answer short answer questions, have discussions, and more.