Forty classroom-ready science teaching and learning activities for elementary and middle school teachersGrounded in theory and best-practices research, this practical text provides elementary and middle school teachers with 40 place-based activities that will help them to make science learning relevant to their students. This text provides teachers with both a rationale and a set of strategies and activities for teaching science in a local context to help students engage with science learning and come to understand the importance of science in their everyday lives.
Activity 21: Adopt a Tree
Students often have very little idea of the plants—particularly trees—that surround their school or where they live. What trees are typical on and around the school grounds (deciduous, evergreen)? What trees provide the best animal and insect habitats? Which trees are preferred in terms of shade and ornamentation? What types of trees bear fruit or nuts? These are just a few of the types of questions students can ask about the trees that live in and surround their school.
Explore with students how trees contribute to the environment where they live. Have students explore how the neighborhood and grounds around their school would be different without trees. What would be missing (shade, animal habitats, etc.)?
Discuss with students the trees that ...