- Easier - Trees are
plants with roots, a trunk, branches, and leaves or
needles. A forest contains many trees.
- Harder - Trees are
woody, perennial plants with one main stem or trunk
that supports many smaller branches. Trees grow
taller than any other living things. Forests are
large areas of tree-covered land.
Explore Earth: Plants, Trees, and Forests
- Here you find lots of articles on many
different types of plants, trees, and forests
(written for middle school students).
Guide at Kids for Trees
- At this site for youngsters, you can learn
about trees and wildlife of the forest.
- Founded in 1985, the Rainforest Action
Network has been working to protect tropical
rainforests and the human rights of those living
in and around those forests.
- Another Rainforest Website:
- 2) Tropical Rainforest Ecology and
- Learn about the temperate deciduous forest
at this botanical garden site.
Temperate & Tropical--Webquest
- Explore several of the websites below;
then complete one or more of these 'Trees
and Forests' projects:
- Develop a Trees & Forests
Museum. Collect items and create a
display about trees and forests. Be sure
to include real objects such as leaves,
seeds, twigs, and bark. Take the Leaf
. Find some tree identification help
Tree Is It? or What
Tree Is That?. Now you can develop
your own leaf, bark, twig, and/or wood
identification section for the museum.
Your exhibit may also contain drawings,
descriptions, and photographs of trees.
Consider the different shapes and sizes of
trees. Think also about the flowers,
fruits, and nuts of different
- Diagram a Forest. Using
information found at Trees
Explore Earth: Plants, Trees, and
Forests create an illustration of a
forest with its variety of living
creatures and organisms. Your forest
should contain different levels of life
both below and above the ground. Show a
variety of plants and animals. Think about
the food chains contained in a forest.
Also explain how the trees feed and grow
- Complete a 'Dragonfly'
Activity. Visit Dragonfly's Trees
site and read about the shapes of trees;
then design your own tree. You may choose
to complete a seed collection project or
the seed dispersal activity.
- Inventory Your Community's
Trees. Locate and keep a log of each
different type of tree found in your town
or community. Record the largest tree by
its type, height, circumference of trunk,
and location. You can find helpful
information at Estimating
- Save the Forests. Develop a
list of ten things that everyone can do to
save and protect forests. You may find
some help at Rainforest
Action Network and American
Forests. Publicize your suggestions to
your school and your community.
- Complete A Trees and Forests
WebQuest. Select one or more of these
- 1) Animals of the Tropical
Rainforest (Grades 8-12) http://www.plainfield.k12.in.us/hschool/webq/webq3/rain.htm
- 2) The Deciduous Forest http://www.richmond.edu/~ed344/webquests/forest/Forest1.html
- 3) The Deciduous Forest (Grades
- 4) The Fate of the Rainforests
(Grades 4-6) http://www.spa3.k12.sc.us/WebQuests/Rainforests/index.htm
- 5) Me? Live in a Rainforest?
- 6) Rainforest Realities by Cathy
- 7) RainForest WebQuest (Grades
- 8) Rainforest Quest by Andrea Pfaff
(Grade 7-10) http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/kroc/rainforest/Studpage.html
- 9) Tropical Rainforests (Grades
- 10) Under the Umbrella of the
Tropical Rainforest (Grades 10-12)
- Websites By Kids For Kids
Amazonas Jungle in Ecuador (1999 ThinkQuest
- This site provides a description of the
Amazonas jungle in Ecuador, with its landscapes,
and tribes, all in its natural state. It is
divided into four main parts: People, Places,
Plants and Animals.
Forest Project (1998 ThinkQuest Project)
- Learn about the different tree species that
grow in Finland, and view some pictures of
various types of forest. You are invited to
submit information and stories about your own
the Depths of the Amazon (1998 ThinkQuest
- Enter the vast world of the Amazon Rain
Forest. Monkeys scream from the tops of mahogany
trees. Jaguars prowl through shadows. Humans are
cutting down forests for industry at a rapid
(Section within the Mysterious Journey, a 1999
- Here you learn about the types of
rainforests, their climate, plant and animal
life, conservation concerns, and more.
Tree Museum (1997 ThinkQuest Project)
- Learn how a middle school group created a
tree museum by planting seedlings from trees
associated with many famous personalities. In
addition, basic facts about tree propagation and
cultivation are included. Short paragraphs
provide information about both the person and
the trees chosen; people included range from
George Washington to Laura Ingalls Wilder.
- Forest Fire Websites
- For lots of good starting points on forest
fires, go to Fires
- A Bunch More 'Woodsy'
- This is the website of the nation's oldest
nonprofit citizen conservation
Animals - Earthworks Forest Animal Links
- More Forest Animals Information:
- 2) Creatures of the Night http://eduscapes.com/42explore/night.htm
- 3) Wolves http://eduscapes.com/42explore/wolves.htm
- This is the website of a forest conservation
Trees and Forests Project (Elanora Heights
- This website lets children work
co-operatively in sharing their appreciation of
Arbor Day Foundation
- The Foundation's mission is to help promote
tree care and conservation and to educate people
on tree issues.
of Color in the Woods
- Here you can find out how and why trees put
on their fiery show in the fall.
- Related Websites:
- 2) Why Leaves Change Color (NC Cooperative
- 3) Why Do Leaves Change Color In The
The Natural History of Trees
- This website aims at making trees more
familiar, to help people understand the lives
and significance of trees, and to contribute to
the conservation of trees and forests. The
TreeGuide includes extensive material about
individual tree species, including range
of the Pacific Northwest (Oregon State
- This tree identification site helps you
identify common conifers in the Pacific
Tree Is It?
- Identify an unknown tree (Limited to trees
of Ohio) by just one part, such as a leaf or a
- Explore a 'Year in the Life of a Tree' and
lots more at this great site (Some parts require
download of Shockware-linked).
- More Rainforest Websites:
of the Rainforest
- Here you can learn about the amphibians,
birds, fishes, insects, mammals, and reptiles of
Jersey Teachers of Biodiversity (Developed by
Earthwatch-Dodge Teacher Fellows)
- This is a website on tropical rainforest
ecology and conservation.
- This is a large links-site that connects you
to several rainforest websites.
- Find out all about rainforests (Busy site,
sometimes slow-loading, but excellent place to
- Websites for Teachers
at Teachers of the Rain Forest (Earthwatch)
- This collection of rain forest lessons was
developed by Earthwatch-Dodge Teacher
in Saskatchewan (Grade 3-6) by Cara
- Here is a unit outline for studying types of
trees, forest life, forest products, forest
fires, and more.
You Ever Met a Tree? (Pre-K to Grade 2 - Lesson
from Nichols Arboretum)
- Children learn some of the characteristics
or features of different trees?
Forests and Planet Ecology by Susan Cochran and
Ann Schwarting (Grade 3-5)
- Through the use of literature and related
activities, students will expand their knowledge
of rain forests and planet ecology.
Endangered Species Project by Linda
- Students will research a rainforest
endangered species animal. They will prepare a
formal research paper, a three dimensional model
of their animal, and an oral presentation.
Guide for Lesson Plans at Kids for Trees
- This guide exactly matches the 'Student's
Guide at Kids for Trees' (Above).
Activities to Do With Youth and Trees (Grade
- Here are some project ideas that can be used
with young kids to investigate trees and
and Forests Lessons and Activities (Lin and Don
Donn, Keeping Our Earth Green)
- This is a links-site to several good lesson
- Another Lesson-links Page:
- 2) Temperate Forests Theme Page at Community
Learning Network http://www.cln.org/themes/temperate_forests.html
Tree is Nice by Linda Keeling (Pre-K - K)
- This lesson includes the purpose of trees,
Arbor Day, and the use of creative movements to
act out an action rhyme
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Updated 8/00, Updated by Nancy