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The Networked Beauty of Forests
Forests are like Facebook, a social network of trees and other organisms that support and provide for each other. Professor Suzanne Simard describes how forests are wired for healing, but that they need our help. This video would be a strong addition to your environmental science unit on climate change, or simply as a lesson on how humans impact the environment.
7 mins 8th - 12th Science 3 Views 0 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
The Impact of Climate Change on the Mountain Pine Beetle and Westerns Forests
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.
5th - 8th Science 15 Views 21 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Where The Forest Meets The Sea
Join a father and his son as they explore an isolated location off the coast of Australia in the children's book Where the Forest Meets the Sea by Jeannie Baker. Engage young learners in reading this fun story with this series of comprehension questions based on Bloom's Taxonomy.
K - 2nd Language Arts 7 Views 6 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Healthy Forest Seeks Habitat Mates
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.
1st Science 5 Views 6 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Study of the Rain Forest
Spark interest in a current issue while simultaneously developing a deep understanding of complex ideas. This excellent cross-disciplinary unit idea incorporates English and science in the study of the rain forest and the dangers facing it and its inhabitants.
3rd - 5th Language Arts 5 Views 426 Downloads
Glacier Bay - The Kelp Forest
Few people get to visit Alaska's Glacier Bay, and fewer yet go underwater to explore its kelp forest. Through this presentation, viewers get to do just that! In the process, they learn about the simple structure of kelp and the diverse ecosystem supported by these brown algae.
4th - 8th Science 3 Views 7 Downloads
Fall 1-The Rain Forest Biome and the Effects of Acid Rain - Biology Teaching Thesis
Students explain why rain forests have great biodiversity, and list each layer of a rain forest and tell an organism that lives in each. They identify the cause of acid rain and its affect on a rain forest. Students hypothesize the effects of water and sulfuric acid on a leaf and identify the steps of the scientific method.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 14 Downloads
A well-designed ecology PowerPoint describes the forest biome. This PowerPoint enables learners to discover the characteristics of the forest biome, such as the climate, animals, and plants. Informational slides explain how living things depend on each other.
2nd - 8th Science 6 Views 29 Downloads
Mangrove Loss Faster than Land-Based Forests
Students explore the reasons Mangrove forests are in jeopardy. In this lesson plan, 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.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 6 Views 10 Downloads
Students become familiar with the temperate rainforest. In this forest ecosystem lesson, students identify the producers, consumers and decomposers in the forest ecosystem. Students sort cards and identify the trophic level of the rainforest.
1st - 5th Science 22 Views 268 Downloads
The Rain Forest of Costa Rica
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.
5th Science 3 Views 3 Downloads
Forests are briefly defined and broken down into four different types in this PowerPoint. Facts and photos are provided for each type, including: deciduous, tropical rain, coastal, and coniferous forests. This is a wonderful presentation to kick off your unit on forests.
3rd - 5th Science 4 Views 30 Downloads
Finding Out About The Forest
Students investigate a local forest ecosystem and discover the biotic and abiotic parts of the forest. Students observe the groundcover, understory, and canopy layers as well as collect leaves and bark in order to identify trees in the forest as part of the "Finding Out About Forests" project.
6th - 8th Science 10 Views 126 Downloads
Forest Loss Slows as Asian Nations Plant
Students survey the loss of forests around the world. In this environmental lesson, students read an article that outlines how forests are being lost and government interaction which encourages forests to be rebuilt. Activities to reinforce the reading include class discussion, brainstorming, vocabulary, compare and contrasting and a quiz.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 5 Downloads