Lesson Plans: 3rd-5th Grade

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A Tree is a Friend

    Grade Level: 5
    Keywords: Renewable resource, reduce, reuse, recycle

A Tree is an Ecosystem

    Grade Level: 4 - 6
    Keywords: Interdependence

Because of Winn Dixie: Water Management Practices

    Grade Level: 4
    Keywords: Water bars, rubber dams, open faced culverts, I beams, portable bridges, erosion

Best Management Practices for Water Quality

    Grade Level: 4
    Keywords: Runoff, skid trails, erosion control tools & techniques, log decks & landings, sedimentation,

Can We Live Without Paper?

    Grade Level: 3 - 4
    Keywords: Writing, Oral Language, Research and Inquiry, Economics

Cathlapotle...Catching Time's Secrets

    Grade Level: 3
    Keywords: Social Studies, Reading, Writing

Charting The Changes In Our School Forest

    Grade Level: 4
    Keywords: Science, ecosystems

Cherokee Leaf Printing

    Grade Level: 3 - 5
    Keywords: Valley Oak, Live Oak, Buckeye (tree names-identification); Primary/secondary colors, chlorophyll, print-making

Circumference Review

    Grade Level: 3 - 5
    Keywords: Math, Vocabulary, Science

Classification of the Nearby Trees

    Grade Level: 3
    Keywords: Deciduous, trees, live oak (various oak species), Pine (sand, long leaf, slash), Ash, Elm (American and winged), Magnolia, bark, rings

Conservation of Products

    Grade Level: 3
    Keywords: Conservation, recycle, reduce, reuse, resource, natural resource

Deal or No Deal

    Grade Level: 5 - 6
    Keywords: Study, note taking, test preparation,

Dichotomous Keys

    Grade Level: 3 - 5
    Keywords: Science, Classification

Discovering Forest Products

    Grade Level: 4 - 6
    Keywords: Biology and environmental science

Diversity of Trees

    Grade Level: 4
    Keywords: Diversity, derived, cellulose, synthetic, natural, ingredient, products, extract, renewable

Food Chains in a Forest

    Grade Level: 3 - 5
    Keywords: Food Chain, producers, consumers, predators, and prey

Forest Appreciation

    Grade Level: 1 - 6
    Keywords: Forest resources

Forest Habitats

    Grade Level: 3
    Keywords: Coniferous forest, temperate forest, rain forest

Forestry and Changing Feelings

    Grade Level: K - 12
    Keywords: See glossary of terms for the Teachers Forestry Terms.

Forests Need People

    Grade Level: 3
    Keywords: Value of forest management

Forest Succession

    Grade Level: 3 - 6
    Keywords: Environment, forest, species, ecology, habitat, life cycle, bark, phloem cambium, xylem and heartwood

Getting To Know the Products from Trees

    Grade Level: 2 - 3
    Keywords: Economics, Products, Producers, Consumer

Graphing the Diversity of a Forest

    Grade Level: 2
    Keywords: Diversity, oak, maple, elm, pine, aspen

Growing Forests

    Grade Level: 3 - 6
    Keywords: Forest resources

Harvesting a Forest: How Would I Do It?

    Grade Level: 3
    Keywords: Sustainable harvesting clear-cutting

How Old Is That Cookie?

    Grade Level: K - 6
    Keywords: Cookie

How Trees Contribute to the Water Cycle

    Grade Level: 3
    Keywords: Math Science- transpiration, water cycle

Incredible Wood

    Grade Level: 3 - 5
    Keywords: Hardwood, renewable resource, natural resource, lumber, forest management

Kids Need Natural Resources

    Grade Level: 3
    Keywords: Natural Resources, Renewable Resources, Nonrenewable Resources

Life As A Tree

    Grade Level: 3
    Keywords: Trees

Make it Healthier by Cutting it Down?

    Grade Level: 5
    Keywords: Sustainable forestry

The Many Uses of Trees

    Grade Level: 3 - 5
    Keywords: Renewable resources, forestry, paper products, cellulose

Meet One Picky Bird

    Grade Level: 3 - 5
    Keywords: Endangered Species, adaptations, food chains, populations

Michigan Ecosystems: The Web They Weave

    Grade Level: 5 - 6
    Keywords: Science, Social Studies: Biodiversity, species diversity, ecosystem diversity, genetic diversity, community, interdependent

Michigan's Lumbering History: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

    Grade Level: 4
    Keywords: History of lumbering in Michigan

Our Forests Need Fires?


    Grade Level: 3 - 5
    Keywords: Plant cells, the needs of plants, plant reproduction

Schoolyard Field Guide

    Grade Level: 4
    Keywords: Science -Inquiry and Process skills: observation, identification, classification, comparing & contrasting, generalization, and communication ELA –Reading & Writing Standards

Seed Dispersion of Strawberries and Dandelions

    Grade Level: 4 - 6
    Keywords: Dicot and monocot seeds, seed coat, first leaves , stem, and root

Sorting and Classifying with Tree Products

    Grade Level: 4
    Keywords: Sort, classify, manufactured, natural, trees, physical properties

Taking in Water and Minerals

    Grade Level: 3 - 5
    Keywords: Plants

Temperate Forests vs. Wetlands - Is One More Important than the Other?

    Grade Level: 4 - 5
    Keywords: Temperate forests, wetlands, sustainability, economic benefits, ecological benefits, and social benefits

There is Room for All

    Grade Level: 3 - 5
    Keywords: Sustainable forests, replanting, seedlings, habitat, logging, recreation, wetlands, reforestation

Tree Cycles

    Grade Level: 4
    Keywords: Outer Bark, Inner Bark, Phloem, Cambium, Xylem, Heartwood, Pith

Tree Identification

    Grade Level: 5
    Keywords: Sustainable forestry, forest sustainability, deciduous, coniferous, dichotomous, dendrology, alternate, economic use, ecological impact, growth cycle


    Grade Level:3 - 8
    Keywords: Language Arts, Science Social Studies

Tree Seedling Planting - My Relationship and Responsibility to our Forests

    Grade Level: 4
    Keywords: Conservation - Science, Math, Society

Using Logos and Mission Statements to Communicate Sustainable Forestry Information

    Grade Level: 5 - 6
    Keywords: Cross Content

WANTED: Invasive Species

    Grade Level: 5 - 8
    Keywords: Invasive species, native species

Water Filtration

    Grade Level: 5
    Keywords: Environmental engineer, filtration system, pollution, Ganges River
    This lesson integrates ELA and social studies into science.

We All Need Trees

    Grade Level: 3 - 5
    Keywords: Tree products

What’s In Our Woods?

    Grade Level: K - 12
    Keywords: Environment, forest, species, invasive species, conservation, steward, ecology, biodiversity, habitat, populations, edge effect, spatial dispersion, biotic, abiotic, animals, plants, fungi, protozoan, insects, birds, leaf & plant collections, insect collections

Where'd You Get that Paper and Pencil?

    Grade Level: 3
    Keywords: Wood products

Why Are Thinning Trees Important?

    Grade Level: 5 - 6
    Keywords: Sustainable forestry, thinning

Wood is Everywhere!

    Grade Level: 5
    Keywords: Layers of the forest, photosynthesis (food cycle of plants/trees), producer, consumer, tree cookie, woodland stick, habitat, forestry, nutrients, perennial, snag, nurse log
    Materials Needed:

"Wood You Believe?" Wood Products

    Grade Level: 5 - 8
    Keywords: Forest sensory activity, wood products, forestry, science, agriculture, social studies, economics

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