How to Eat a Forest - Southern Pine Beetle-Style

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Small but mighty! Discover how one beetle decimates an entire forest. Participants play a game to simulate a growing southern pine beetle population. After observing various possible scenarios, scholars reflect on the role different variables have in tree loss.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have class members create public service announcements about the southern pine beetle and its effect on forest health
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires advance staging and some materials collection from outside the learning space
  • Lesson five in the six-part Beyond the Trees series
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Pros
  • Provides scientists with experience using modeling and simulations to make predictions 
  • Teacher notes include question prompts and responses for meaningful group discussion
Cons
  • None