Focus on Forests

This Focus on Forests lesson plan also includes:

Trees look different, just like people look different. Let's look at some up close! Throughout this outdoor activity, elementary learners spend time outside observing the trees on their school property, and reporting on their similarities, their differences, their shape, and their bark and leaves. Young scientists then explore the area for other organisms, both plants and animals, and discuss the importance of biodiversity. This is part four in a series of eight. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Place learners in pairs or small groups
  • Have a model of the two drawings and poem completed for learners to reference
  • Model how to rub the bark
Classroom Considerations

  • FInd an area on the school grounds where students can find a variety of plants and insects
  • May take one to two days to complete
  • This is part four in a series of eight related lessons
Pros

  • Includes extension ideas to take the lesson further
  • Activities are simple and require minimal materials
  • Lists additional websites to find supplemental material
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS