Urban Forest Guide Introduction
(3 classroom lessons)
Lesson 1: What's it Worth? | Subject Areas: Economics, Social Studies
What's it Worth?
Students review what urban forests and ecosystems are. They analyze data about the benefits and costs of maintaining trees in urban forests and fill out a worksheet. Then, in small groups, students read and discuss summaries of research about the benefits to humans from a social perspective. Finally, the class discusses which of the benefits they learned about also may relate to rural forests.
Lesson 2: Working Together | Subject Areas: Agriculture, Language Arts, Social Studies
Students use an interactive game show activity to learn about urban forest management techniques. In a role-play activity, students learn how homeowners, business owners, and city foresters can work together to avoid conflict. Students then consider how the conflicts they encountered may impact rural forests.
Lesson 3: Issues and Action | Subject Areas: Language Arts, Social Studies
Students discuss the meaning of stewardship. They investigate an urban forest issue through a WebQuest. Students then create an action plan for addressing that issue in their own community. Finally, students use a Venn diagram to illustrate the overlap that issues have between urban and rural forests and evaluate the relevance of these issues to their own lives.
WebQuest Facilitator: Sarah Gilbert - firstname.lastname@example.org - Please contact Sarah to report problems with the WebQuest, provide feedback, or suggest web links that would be good additions.
9-12 Unit Recommended Resources
Unit Recommended Resources
Urban Forest Guide Appendix