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Learners explore the reasons Mangrove forests are in jeopardy. In this lesson, 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 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.
Students write a story based on their research of the kelp forest. In this ecosystem lesson plan, 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.
Middle schoolers examine how seasonal changes affect life in a forest ecosystem. In this ecosystem instructional activity students complete a lab activity to see how organisms are dependent on each other for nutrition.
Fourth graders plant a tree. In this sustainable forestry instructional activity, 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.
High schoolers work as a group to determine a management plan for an imaginary forest. For 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 instructional activity, 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 explore nature by participating in a poetry writing activity. For 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 activity, students read a passage out forests and answer short answer questions about it. Students complete 5 short answer questions.
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.
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.
Students examine soil in forests looking for animals and insects. They divide the animals based on their number of legs and draw the animal they have collected.
New Review 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.
Fifth graders examine the forest ecosystem. In this ecosystem lesson plan, 5th graders identify animals and plants living in the environment and construct a diagram. Students discuss the impact on the food web if select animals and/or plants are removed.
Young scholars 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.
Students survey the loss of forests around the world. In this environmental lesson plan, 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.
Students explore forest ecological systems. In this ecology lesson, students classify forest plants and animals according to their ecological roles. Students play a related vocabulary guessing game. Students choose a card on which a forest component is written, and construct an ecological web by passing a ball of string to illustrate the relationships between producers and consumers.