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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
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.
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