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04 October 2005

Activity: IDENTIFYING TREES AND THEIR INTERACTIONS

References Cited:

A Lens-Eye View of the Boreal Forest. (n.d.). Retrieved October 2005 from http://www3.gov.ab.ca/srd/forests/

Biodiversity: All things big and small. (n.d.). Retrieved 02 October 2005 from http://www.nrcan-rncan.gc.ca/cfs-scf/NFW/NFW2002/biodiversity_e.html

Evergreen Regions.(n.d.). Retrieved 02 October 2005 from http://www.panda.org/news_facts/education/middle_school/habitats/coniferous_forests.cfm

Grade: 6

General Learner Expectations:

Students will:
6–10: Describe characteristics of trees and the interaction of trees with other living things in the local environment.

Specific Learner Expectations:

Students will:

6-10.2. Describe kinds of plants and animals found living on, under and among trees; and identify how trees affect and are affected by those living things.

6-10. 4. Identify general characteristics that distinguish trees from other plants, and characteristics that distinguish deciduous from coniferous trees.

ICT Learner Outcomes:

Students will:

P.5.2.2. navigate through a document that contains links to locate, copy and then paste data in a new file.

C.1.2.1 access and retrieve appropriate information from the Internet by using a specific search path or from given uniform resource locations (URLs).

Brief Description of Activity:

Students will be asked to collect leaves from three different trees in their neighbourhood and bring them to school. The students will then be given the assignment to use a variety of research tools, including the above websites, to find out the names of the trees represented by their leaves. After identifying their trees, the students will compose a short story that is word processed about the environment in which the tree lives. This story can include images taken from the websites above and should identify at least one other plant or animal that depends on the tree as a part of its life cycle. For a sponge/challenge activity, they will be asked to provide the scientific name of their trees.

Integration Connection:

The students will be using the Internet as a tool to conduct research within science. This is a good integration technique because it will familiarize the students with the usefulness of computer technology within science. The story assignment provides an opportunity for students to illustrate using technology which emphasizes another possible use for computers.

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