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Tree Tour

Creating a Self-Guided Tree Tour using Technology

Middle

Description

Tree Tour is a lesson plan that strives to foster an understanding of and an appreciation for nature in middle grade students.  Using the Project Noah app the students will locate, map and identify trees to create a digital reference for a local tree tour in a nearby park or school in their community.  

Project Noah is a tool that helps people share their experiences with nature and participate in research projects that study, protect and teach about the environment and the plants and animals that live there.

 

General Assessment

What skills does this resource explicitly teach?

This resource teaches the students how to identify and describe various trees in their local area.  As well, they are taught how to create a digital database of trees for others to use.

Strengths

  • interesting and engaging activity
  • hands-on outdoor activity
  • an easy to use resource with all of the needed materials and information provided
  • includes a few suggestions for extension activities to enhance the learning

Weaknesses

  • lack of suggestions for learners who experience difficulties

Recommendation of how and where to use it

Tree Tour is a great resource for the middle school science classroom as a hands-on year long project with the students updating the information on a seasonal basis.  It would be especially beneficial to have the students expose younger students to the tour at some point during the year.

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Themes Addressed

  • Ecosystems (1)

    • Appreciating the Natural World
  • Land Use & Natural Resources (2)

    • Forests
    • Recreation