7-8 Wisconsin Forestry Lesson Guide
7-8 Unit:
(8 classroom lessons, 1 careers lesson, 3 field enhancements)
The 7-8 Unit highlights a wide variety of topics related to Wisconsin's forests. Students learn about forest biomes; types of forests; biodiversity; forest management; forest trends, issues, products; and sustaining forests.
U78_Intro.pdfIntroduction

Lesson 1 - Discovering Wisconsin's Forests | Subject Areas: Arts, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science
Students are introduced to the types of forests in Wisconsin and factors that affect their distribution through data comparison, a mapping activity, and video research.
U78_L1.pdfDiscovering Wisconsin's Forests

Lesson 2 - Biodiversity and the Forest Connection | Subject Areas: Language Arts, Science
Students analyze three ecosystems to determine their interconnections and create a Venn diagram. They also discuss the value of Wisconsins forests in terms of biodiversity.
U78_L2.pdfBiodversity and the Forest Connection

Lesson 3 - How Forests Are Managed | Subject Areas: Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Students explore forest management plans, multiple use, and sustainability through a simulation, video, and game.
 U78_L3.pdfHow Forests Are Managed
Lesson 4 - Forest Management Issues | Subject Areas: Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Students examine forest management, factors that influence decisions, effects, and conflicts through brainstorming, discussion, and issue analysis.
U78_L4.pdfForest Management Issues

Lesson 5 - Many Forests, Many Values, Many Reasons | Subject Areas: Arts, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Students assess forest values and discover how forests shape the economy, environment, and society using games, story analysis, and brainstorming.
U78_L5.pdfMany Forests, Many Values, Many Reasons

Lesson 6 - Making Broader Connections | Subject Areas: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
Students make connections between forests of Wisconsin and forests worldwide and discuss challenges to Wisconsins forests by tracing the life cycle of a product and playing Forest Jeopardy. They also participate in a sustainability simulation to learn about demand.
U78_L6.pdfMaking Broader Connections

Lesson 7 - Key Strategies For Our Future | Subject Areas: Arts, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Students learn how science, technology, and collaboration are key to sustaining Wisconsin's forests by analyzing articles. They then make predictions about the future by creating a Fantasy Future Forest.
U78_L7.pdfKey Strategies For Our Future

Lesson 8 - Sustaining Our Forests-Citizens Role | Subject Areas: Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Students discover how people in Wisconsin practice good forest stewardship and debate their own choices through jigsaw readings and dilemma cards.
U78_L8.pdfSustaining Our Forests - Citizens Role

Careers Exploration | Subject Areas: Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Students learn about professionals in Wisconsin with forestry-related careers and examine skills, education, and experience necessary for each type of job.
U78_Careers.pdfCareers Exploration

Field Enhancement 1 - Tree Identification | Subject Areas: Language Arts, Science
Students are introduced to dichotomous keys and tree identification vocabulary to identify common Wisconsin trees. Print, laminate, and hang the tree ID cards (link below) on trees around your school to make a tree ID course. If you can't get outside, use the cards in a lab setting to give students experience using a dichotomous key (also found in the 7-8 Unit folder). We have had teachers say the cards are useful for students all the way from kindergarten through high school.
    U78_FE1.pdfField Enhancement 1 - Tree Identification
      Tree identification cards for use with Field Enhancement 1, Tree Identification

Field Enhancement 2 - Forest Mapping | Subject Areas: Arts, Mathematics, Science
Students work in groups to map features of a forest plot using data collection, tree identification, measurement, and ageing.
    U78_FE2.pdfField Enhancement 2 - Forest Mapping

Field Enhancement 3 - Forest Diversity | Subject Areas: Science
Students study and collect data on three components of diversity that can be found in Wisconsin forests.
    U78_FE3.pdfField Enhancement 3 - Forest Diversity

7-8 Unit Appendix
     U78_Appendix.pdf7-8 Unit Appendix
 
7-8 Standards Addendum