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If a Tree Falls in the Forest ...
This activity has students explore the role that forests play in their own lives by listing everyday products made from trees. They use the Internet to find as many uses for trees as possible in order to develop a class list that should include foods from trees, products derived from all parts of a tree, environmental benefits of trees, and recreational uses of trees. Students are then asked to imagine a day in their lives without trees and consider how their routine would differ and how their environment would change. This site also contains ideas for assessment and ways of extending the lesson.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Lesson plan
  • Climatology
  • Forestry
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2001 National Geographic Society. All rights reserved.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-003-954
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • K-4:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Properties of earth materials
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Understanding about sci. / tech.
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Sci. / tech. in local challenges
  • National Geography Standards:
    • Environment and society:
      • How physical systems affect human systems
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'America's Backyard: For Educators'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: National Geographic Society