Environmental Tree Awareness Field Book

Trees are everywhere! Yet what do these majestic organisms do for their ecosystem, and why do some have leaves and some have needles? During a five-day activity, young scientists investigate trees by analyzing the water cycle, identifying trees through the use of dichotomous keys, collecting and analyzing data, and having in-depth discussions about trees and their importance to ecosystems. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Include either the research project or post-test as an assessment
  • Make copies of bingo cards
Classroom Considerations

  • Read over all materials before beginning
  • Review how to use dichotomous keys
  • iStreets software by Davey Tree and student computers are necessary
  • The resource is appropriate for lower-grade high school learners and may be too introductory for higher-grade high school learners
Pros

  • The many activities in the resource offer flexibility for the classroom
  • Most activities are completed outside
  • Allows learners to analyze data to determine conclusions
Cons

  • The links to the two Bill Nye videos for day one do not work
Common Core