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Who Needs Trees?

Elementary, Middle

Description

A healthy planet depends on thriving forests.  Trees clean our air, maintain fresh water supplies, reduce erosion and support biodiversity.  This activity takes students outside to examine the fascinating ecology of plants and animals living within and around a single tree.  As they strengthen observation skills while connecting with the natural world pupils will also complete the following learning goals:

 

  • Describe plants, vertebrates, invertebrates and fungi

  • Describe interdependent relationships between the tree and it's organisms

  • Reflect on personal choices that can support tree conservation

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

This outdoor activity supports Grade 3-6 Science learning regarding biodiversity, habitats, plants, invertebrates and vertebrates.  Students also gain a deeper understanding of ecological concepts such as interdependence within biological communities.  The close observation of nature creates an opportunity for reflection about human impacts on the environment and the role of personal stewardship in conservation.

 

National Tree Day is celebrated during National Forestry Week in September. This resource provides an excellent tool for recognizing this event that celebrates all of the natural and human values of Canada's forests.  A class could also organize an action project that involves the school and community members in creating habitat while beautifying the school yard with native tree species.

Relevant Curriculum Units

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  • Alberta
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    • Grade 3
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        • Living Systems: Understandings of the living world, Earth, and space are deepened through investigating natural systems and their interactions
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        • Earth Systems: Understandings of the living world, Earth, and space are deepened through investigating natural systems and their interactions.
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        • Living Systems: Understandings of the living world, Earth, and space are deepened through investigating natural systems and their interactions
        • Trees and Forests
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        • Science 4: All living things sense and respond to their environment
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        • Our Local Environment : Learning and Living Sustainably
        • Our Local Environment : Scientific Literacy
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        • Science 6: Diversity of Life
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        • Science 6: Life Science: Diversity of Living Things
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        • Science 3: Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems
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        • Science 4: All living things sense and respond to their environment

Themes Addressed

Ecosystems (3)

  • Appreciating the Natural World
  • Biodiversity
  • Interdependence