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- Lakewood, NJ
Forest Teacher Resources
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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. Through a series of authentic learning tasks including a research report, a poem, a travel brochure, a letter, and a puppet show, students learn declarative knowledge about the rain forest while practicing procedural English skills.
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.
Students discuss the different kinds of life in a forest, the three major types of organisms that live in an ecosystem, and a food web. They research organisms from the four seasons in a temperate forest ecosystem in northern Japan. After researching and answering questions, they work with other students from the same season to create a food web.
Young scholars explore the Forest and the vocabulary associated with it. In this Forest lesson plan, students take the roles of photographer and reporter to examine an area of land for evidence of past life. Young scholars take a close-up and complete picture of the area. Students switch jobs every ten minutes at teacher's instruction. Young scholars complete a worksheet.
Adopt a playground tree! Working alone or in groups, class members adopt a tree to monitor, measure, and chart throughout the year. Suggested activities include drawing seasonal changes, taking pictures, making graphs of tree size, making leaf and bark rubbings, and conducting Internet research. Young researchers use their collected observations and data as a basis for their informative paper.