If Trees Could Talk

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Description: This eleven module middle school curriculum contains lesson plans about the history of forests, the environment, and their people, allowing students to understand how to shape the future of people and forests. The curriculum contains free downloads of social studies activities that are based upon archival materials. The centerpiece of each module is a compilation of primary resources--documents, maps, newspaper articles, oral histories or photographs--from which students will be asked to gather, examine, and analyze information, and synthesize insights.

If Trees Could Talk is correlated to National History and Social Studies Standards, as well as several individual state standards. The curriculum also meets the indicators for the Guidelines for Excellence developed by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE).
Author/Producer: Forest History Society in collaboration with Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, North Carolina State University, Project Learning Tree, and the North Carolina Forestry Association. Funding was provided by the North Carolina Division of Forest Resources and the USDA Forest Service through the Urban & Community Forestry Grant Program; the Laird Norton Endowment Foundation; the Bradley/Murphy Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Trust, and the Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation.
Topic Areas Covered: Careers: Module 5
Fire: Module 9
Land Use: Module 10
Native Americans: Module 1
Urban Forest: Module 2, Module 6, Module 7
Resource Type: Curriculum
For Grade Levels: 7-9
Publication Date: 2000
Length: 11 Modules
Cost: Free
Is It Available For Loan? No
Is Training Necessary? No
Language: English
Educational or Informational: Educational
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Geographic Location: U.S.
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Author/Producer Contact: Meg John
Forest History Society
Address: 701 William Vickers Avenue
Durham, NC 27701-3162
Phone: (919) 682-9319

Our Message & Evaluation Criteria

  • Everything is made from natural resources and natural resources must come from somewhere.
  • The gathering and processing of all natural resources have environmental impacts.
  • Responsible production and use of wood - a renewable resource - is environmentally sound.

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