4th Grade Wisconsin Forestry Lesson Guide
4 Unit:
(7 classroom lessons, 1 careers lesson, 3 field enhancements)
The 4 Unit focuses on Wisconsin forest history. Students learn about the logging days, farming the cutover, events that led to modern forestry, and why forests are important today.
4Intro.pdfIntroduction

Lesson 1 - Native Americans and the Forest | Subject Areas: Arts, Language Arts, Social Studies
Students learn what Wisconsin forests were like before European settlement and how Native Americans used the forests by reading the journal of an early explorer.
4L1.pdfNative Americans and the Forest

Lesson 2 - Forests Built Our State | Subject Areas: Language Arts, Social Studies
Students explore the importance of forests to early settlers and learn how forests played a role in settling Wisconsin through a mapping activity.
4L2.pdfForests Built Our State

Lesson 3 - Help Wanted-Lumberjacks | Subject Areas: Arts, Social Studies
Students examine the steps and people involved in an 1800s logging process by following a tree from Northern Wisconsin to a house in Iowa.
4L3.pdfHelp Wanted - Lumberjacks

Lesson 4 - Broken Dreams | Subject Areas: Language Arts, Social Studies
Students experience what it was like to farm in Wisconsin during the "cutover" by role playing and studying letters, photographs, and documents.
4L4.pdfBroken Dreams

Lesson 5 - I Saw It on the 6 O'clock News | Subject Areas: Arts, Language Arts, Social Studies
Students learn about 150 years of events in Wisconsin that have led to the forests of today by participating in a live newscast.
4L5.pdfI Saw It on the 6 O'Clock News

Lesson 6 - Forests are Important to You and Me | Subject Areas: Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Students discover reasons why Wisconsin forests are important to our quality of life through guided imagery, brainstorming, and an interactive media presentation.
4L6.pdfForests are Important to You and Me

Lesson 7 - Sustaining Our Forests | Subject Areas: Arts, Language Arts, Social Studies
Students are introduced to the sustainability and stewardship of forests by listening to a fable, brainstorming, reading situation cards, and creating an art project.
4L7.pdfSustaining Our Forests

Careers Exploration | Subject Areas: Arts, Language Arts
Students learn about professionals in Wisconsin with forestry-related careers, play career bingo to learn about skills used in each profession, and describe and draw themselves in a career.
4Careers.pdfCareers Exploration

Field Enhancement 1 - Unlocking a Forest's Past | Subject Areas: Arts, Language Arts, Social Studies
Students uncover a forest's history by becoming detectives, collecting data, and making predictions about a forest.
4FE1.pdfUnlocking a Forest's Past

Field Enhancement 2 - Are Forests Important Today? | Subject Areas: Arts, Language Arts, Science
Students find out why forests are ecologically, economically, and socially valuable by searching a forest and playing scavenger hunt bingo.
4FE2.pdfAre Forests Important Today?

Field Enhancement 3 - Caring for the Future of Forests | Subject Areas: Science
Students learn what a tree needs to grow, how to choose an appropriate site, and how to properly plant a tree by putting one in their schoolyard.
4FE3Modified 2009.pdfCaring for the Future of Forests
   
       Tree Planting for Arbor Day2.ppt


4 Unit Appendix

4Appendix.pdfAppendix

4 Standards Addendum

   4 Lesson Correlation 2013.pdf4 Standards Addendum