Urban Forest Guide Introduction
(4 classroom lessons)
Lesson 1: Urban Forest Connections | Subject Areas: Arts, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Urban Forest Connections
Students combine their knowledge with information from dictionaries to define “urban forest” and “ecosystem.” They relate their school to an ecosystem and then create a web diagram to show the connections that parts of urban forests have. They extend that idea to the connections urban forests have to other ecosystems using the water cycle as an example. To conclude, students write a few paragraphs to describe and compare urban forest ecosystems and rural forest ecosystems.
Lesson 2: Urban Forest Benefits | Subject Areas: Arts, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Urban Forest Benefits
Students participate in “Name That Benefit” to identify some of the benefits urban forests can provide. They also examine two different pictures and decide which matches various statements about urban forest benefits. To conclude, students list urban forest benefits and how the benefits also help people and ecosystems beyond the urban forest.
Lesson 3: Management Decisions and Biodiversity | Subject Areas: Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Management Decisions and Biodiversity
Students participate in a group discussion that defines urban forest management and how different situations require different management. Students then learn about the impact of biodiversity on an urban forest using a map-reading and data-manipulation exercise. Students learn about potential management problems caused by invasive species and plot where exotic species come from on a world map. Finally, students present their opinions to the class in a group presentation, explaining if and how the problems of urban forests are problems in rural forests.
Lesson 4: Stewardship Close to Home | Subject Areas: Arts, Language Arts, Social Studies
Stewardship Close to Home
Students learn what it means to be a steward, and participate in an exercise to illustrate the importance of teamwork in successful stewardship. They also work in groups to read and report on organizations and programs in Wisconsin that are working to help improve urban forests. Students brainstorm things they could do to be good stewards. To conclude, students do a web search to learn about other forest stewardship organizations that address forest concerns.
5-8 Unit Recommended Resources
Urban Forest Guide Appendix