LIVES IN THE OAK COMMUNITIES?
learn about the importance of oaks as a part of a community and their importance
to their local environment.
TIME REQUIRED: Survey once a month. Several class periods to complete computer exercises.
The student notes for this activity provide examples of residents that
rely on the oaks for their survival.
To help students learn to the parts of an oak community bring in examples
for them to examine. I always show
a log that is stuffed with acorns compiled by an acorn woodpecker.
Ask your students what kinds of animals and plants that they might have
encountered in the oaks. Show them
the evidence such as a log with acorns. Make
a list on the board.
ACTIVITY: Split students into four groups. Assign one group to leaves, one group to branches, one group to bark and one group to the woodland floor. Using the site, www.naturegrid.org.uk/woodland/index.html each group will explore their assigned section on the Woodland Explorer program. They take notes on the various creatures living at their level of the woodland. Each student in the group shares their information about their organism with the class. Students present in the order of the layers explaining their layers importance to the woodland.
Put survey on the computer using Excel and create a map of the school by
hand including trees.
Record sightings each month.
Students convert their hand drawn map to
Students look for the largest oak
tree in their neighborhood by measuring the girth and height of three large oak
trees in their area. They record their information on the survey sheet and
take a picture of their tree that is attached to their survey sheet.
HOMEWORK: Students look for the largest oak tree in their neighborhood by measuring the girth and height of three large oak trees in their area. They record their information on the survey sheet and take a picture of their tree that is attached to their survey sheet.
OBSERVING, COMPARING, ANALYZING, INFERRING, ORGANIZING, COMMUNICATING
STUDENT WORK SAMPLES
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