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Activities for Studying Tree Rings Online
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Selected resources provide three web-based activities to complement science lessons in an issue of Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle. The free, online magazine for Grades K-5 teachers explores the essential principles of climate literacy.

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Education
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
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Ohio State University
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
05/30/2012
Can You Read a Tree?
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In this nonfiction story, young readers and listeners learn how scientists use cross sections from trees to reconstruct past climates. Versions are provided for readers at two levels, k-2 and 3-5, and in text-only and illustrated formats. The story is also available as an electronic book with recorded narration. An original story is a regular feature of each issue of the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle. The story can be used in science and literacy lessons and activities throughout the magazine.

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Education
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Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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Ohio State University
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
05/30/2012
Envisioning the Future by Examining the Past
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The forests of North America have seen plenty of change in a pretty short period of time, at least geologically speaking. Up until about 18,000 years ago, the Laurentide Ice Sheet covered Canada and much of the eastern United States. When temperatures climbed and the ice sheet retreated, forests gradually reemerged. But how? Did pockets of trees find refuge in sheltered areas during the Ice Age? Or were all tree species pushed to the southern tier of the United States, only to spread north again after the ice disappeared? Scientists still debate the topic, but one thing is clear: today’s forests in the eastern United States bear little resemblance to post-glacial forests. Starting with European colonial settlers and marching through four centuries of development, drought, and fire, the tree cover of North America became fragmented.

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Atmospheric Science
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Reading
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NASA
Provider Set:
Earth Observatory
Date Added:
02/01/2017
Exploring Environmental Issues: Biotechnology
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The word “biotechnology” usually conjures images of modern techniques and topics of controversy such as cloning, stem cell research, and genetically modified organisms. However, the practice of manipulating organisms to create a product has long been used by human societies. Our Biotechnology Series is designed for high school and community college educators in the fields of Biology, Environmental Science, Social Studies, and Agriculture. A special effort has been made to construct activities that support instruction in AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, and AP Human Geography. This module was created as a supplement to the Focus on Risk curriculum. Educators can download the complete Exploring Environmental Issues: Biotechnology module at no cost.

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Environmental Science
Biology
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American Forest Foundation
Provider Set:
Project Learning Tree
Date Added:
07/03/2012
Fortifying Chicago's Urban Forest
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Trees within a city can help reduce urban heat, control stormwater, and provide habitat to local wildlife. As climate conditions change, a Chicago group is working to enhance its urban forest so that the city can continue to receive these benefits.

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Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Case Study
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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit
Date Added:
08/30/2016
Investigating Tree Leaves
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During the leaf activities the students will compare, contrast, classify, categorize, identify attributes, learn art techniques and learn about the importance of trees.

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Botany
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Date Added:
01/20/2012
Investigating Trees: Using a dichotomous key to identify local tree types
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This activity is a field investigation where students explore different types of trees and identify them using leaves and classification tools.

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Botany
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Activity/Lab
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Suzanne Bot
Date Added:
08/16/2012
Lessons about Earth's Past Climates
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Three types of climate proxies -- tree rings, fossils, and ice cores -- are the subjects of lessons that will help K-5 students understand that Earth's climate has been different in the past and that scientists can reveal its history. This article is from the science lessons column of the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle. The magazine is structured around the seven essential principles of climate literacy and identifies age-appropriate resources for young learners.

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Education
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Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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Ohio State University
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
05/30/2012
Life of a Tree
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In this interactive activity adapted from the National Arbor Day Foundation, take a sixty-two-year journey observing the inner layers, rings, and environmental factors that affect a tree's growth and life cycle. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

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Life Science
Biology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
08/09/2007
Maple Syrup Pre-Questions
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Discover the process of collecting sap from Maple trees and turning it into sweet Maple Syrup. Analyze how the how the weather impacts the production of the sap and how evaporation plays a crucial role int the creation of syrup.

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Applied Science
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Activity/Lab
Author:
Matthew Cherubini
Date Added:
03/28/2019
Minnesota Tree Blitz
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In this biology field experience, students will explore trees of Minnesota. Working in cooperative groups, students will discover biodiversity of trees and determine populations of tree species through observation and use of dichotomous keys.

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Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Melissa Habeck
Date Added:
08/10/2012
Root Systems of Trees at the Congaree Swamp
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Learn about root systems of trees in the Congaree Swamp National Park in this video segment from NatureScene. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
South Carolina ETV
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Teachers' Domain
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SCETV
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Date Added:
08/20/2008
Saving The Sand Dunes
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This nonfiction text discusses how a fourth grade class at Union Avenue School worked hard to protect the New Jersey shoreline by planting recycled Christmas trees in the sand. The trees prevent high tides from flooding sand dunes, which serve as animal habitats and also protect peoples homes.

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Environmental Science
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
Basal Alignment Project
Provider Set:
Atlanta District
Date Added:
09/01/2013
Schoolyard Trees: Creating a Field Guide for Your School
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This activity is a field-based investigation involving identifying and investigating common trees on the schoolyard and creating a field guide containing pressed leaves.

Subject:
Botany
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Heidi Sundet
Date Added:
08/16/2012
Second Grade: Tremendous Trees
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The purpose of Tremendous Trees or Tree-mendous Trees, as it is sometimes called, is to encourage students to use inquisitive and creative behavior, to think like a scientist. The module extends the Essential Strategies of Attributes and Questioning that were introduced in Kindergarten and First Grade. Students use questions to approach problems and identify attributes to sort, classify, and make inferences to create analogies on observational data about our world. This module is meant for all students. The classroom teacher should work with a specialist or special educator to find or develop alternate activities or resources for visually impaired students, where appropriate.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Amy Tubman
A Student Produced Field Guide to Neighborhood Trees
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During this project, students will be working to cooperatively create a field guide to trees in the neighborhood near the school. In doing so they will be making observations, introduced to tree and plant anatomy and physiology, and will learn how to make and use dichotomous keys.

Subject:
Botany
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Lee VanNyhuis
Date Added:
08/10/2012