Life Science

Forest Studies

Fri Jan 10, 2014 7:33 AM

If you were to take students out into the deciduous forest to study photosynthesis, energy transfer, food webs and natural cycles (nitrogen, carbon, oxygen,water) what activities, observations and experiments would you set up?

Robert Anderson
Robert Anderson
2300 Activity Points

Thu Jan 23, 2014 6:18 PM

Hi Robert,
You may be interested in a few book chapters and other resources that are available in the Learning Center on this topic. Here are 3 book chapters and one journal article:
Field Trip Preparation: Increasing student knowledge about matter and energy before a field trip
Principles of Forestry
Forest History, Ecology, and Values
After the Field Study
Setting up transpiration investigations, life science transect studies, etc. would be very engaging for students. You mentioned so many things,Robert, and that would make sense in that a forest can be the backdrop for a myriad of studies. I hope the resources are helpful. An advanced search will yield additionalressources on your topic.
Carolyn

Carolyn Mohr
Carolyn Mohr
79588 Activity Points

Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:47 PM

Thank you so much for your reply. I will surely check out the materials that you mentioned.
What are life science transect studies?

Robert Anderson
Robert Anderson
2300 Activity Points

Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:42 PM

Hi Robert,
Transect studies are very engaging for the kids. Here is an article that explains what it is AND provides a sample lesson plan for it. Enjoy!
Nature Transects
Let me know if you want some more examples. I have done this with 3rd graders at Illinois Beach Park in Zion, IL.
Carolyn

Carolyn Mohr
Carolyn Mohr
79588 Activity Points

Fri Jan 31, 2014 7:44 AM

This looks to be exactly the kind of thing I've been hoping for. And I'd be very pleased to hear about your 3rd grade experiences. I teach 5th grade.

Robert Anderson
Robert Anderson
2300 Activity Points

Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:43 AM

Hi:
What grade are you talking about. Even a nature walk around your campus can be an excellent source of forest students in your classroom. Hopefully, even in an inner city site there are a few tries on campus. Another idea is to keep a journal about the changes in a particular tree over the school year to observe and document the changes it undergoes.
Adah

Adah Stock
Adah Stock
101470 Activity Points

Wed Oct 14, 2015 12:44 PM

Robert, Below I have attached links to videos that could help you with ideas for outdoor lessons. These videos come from a YouTube channel I have been developing called FunScienceDemos. It is home to hundreds of videos that cover a wide array of topics. The videos are common core aligned and easy to replicate or integrate into the classroom. Please check out FunScienceDemos and subscribe!
Best,
Dr. George Mehler Ed.D.,
Temple University
Water Shapes the Land
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0n3vEul0Hc
Nature Recycles a Tree
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jvP_I2zz38
What do Plants Need to Grow?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOQHB3lRK-8' target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOQHB3lRK-8
Flowers Seeds and the Life Cycle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOQHB3lRK-8' target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOQHB3lRK-8
Why does a Leaf Change Color?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ars07SEi7oQ

George Mehler
George Mehler
725 Activity Points

Wed Dec 09, 2015 9:19 PM

Maybe set up an actual mini forest. Have different types of animals and plants. Students can explore these animals and think about what they might eat, if something might eat it. Also have a question if they think the air would be different there why or why not. 

Dulce Reyes
Dulce Reyes
2565 Activity Points

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