Transpiring Trees

Looking for a tree-rific addition to your water cycle unit? Teams of young foresters examine the role of transpiration in the water cycle through a week's worth of activities. Pupils analyze how trees take in and transport water during hands-on experiments and research.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Invite a speaker from your local forestry service office and have pupils prepare questions ahead of time
  • Conduct the investigation as a part of Earth Day or National Arbor Day
Classroom Considerations
  • Some of the resources are state-specific; consider modifying them to represent your own state
  • Planning is key for the resource; there are a lot of materials to pull together for smooth execution
  • Teacher's guide is packed with wonderful tips, tricks, and resources
  • The activities provide excellent opportunities for inquiry, data analysis, and real-world application
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