The Topic: 
Trees & Forests


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.
 
 
 Aliens Explore Earth: Plants, Trees, and Forests 
http://www.alienexplorer.com/ecology/topic27.html
Here you find lots of articles on many different types of plants, trees, and forests (written for middle school students).
 
Student's Guide at Kids for Trees 
http://www.inhs.uiuc.edu/chf/pub/tree_kit/student/index.html
At this site for youngsters, you can learn about trees and wildlife of the forest.
 
Rainforest Action Network 
http://www.ran.org/ran/
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 Conservation http://www.earthwatch.org/rfteachers/index.html
 
Temperate Deciduous Forest 
http://mbgnet.mobot.org/sets/temp/index.htm
Learn about the temperate deciduous forest at this botanical garden site.
2)Rainforests Temperate & Tropical--Webquest
http://www.guilford.k12.nc.us/webquests/rf/rf.htm
 
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 Identification . Find some tree identification help at What 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 varieties.
 
Diagram a Forest. Using information found at Trees and Aliens 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 themselves.
 
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 Tree Height.
 
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 webQuest projects: 
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 4-6) http://www.guilford.k12.nc.us/webquests/forest/forest.htm
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? http://www.memphis-
schools.k12.tn.us/admin/tlapages/tropical_rain.htm
6) Rainforest Realities by Cathy Patterson http://students.itec.sfsu.edu/itec815_s99/cpatterson/index.html
7) RainForest WebQuest (Grades 6-8)http://www.guilford.k12.nc.us/webquests/rforest/rforest.htm
8) Rainforest Quest by Andrea Pfaff (Grade 7-10) http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/kroc/rainforest/Studpage.html 
9) Tropical Rainforests (Grades 3-5) http://students.itec.sfsu.edu/itec815_s99/cpatterson/students.htm
10) Under the Umbrella of the Tropical Rainforest (Grades 10-12) http://www.gnbvoc.mec.edu/rainforest/default.htm
 
Websites By Kids For Kids
The Amazonas Jungle in Ecuador (1999 ThinkQuest Project) 
http://library.advanced.org/26293/
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.
 
International Forest Project (1998 ThinkQuest Project) 
http://library.advanced.org/21484/
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 local woodlands.
 
Into the Depths of the Amazon (1998 ThinkQuest Project) 
http://library.advanced.org/21395/
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 rate.
 
Rainforest (Section within the Mysterious Journey, a 1999 ThinkQuest Project) 
http://library.thinkquest.org/26634/forest/introf.htm
Here you learn about the types of rainforests, their climate, plant and animal life, conservation concerns, and more.
 
Riverbend Tree Museum (1997 ThinkQuest Project) 
http://library.advanced.org/12824/home.html
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 at 42eXplore.
 
A Bunch More 'Woodsy' Websites
American Forests 
http://www.americanforests.org/
This is the website of the nation's oldest nonprofit citizen conservation organization.
 
Forest Animals - Earthworks Forest Animal Links  
http://www.lx.org/ewforest.html
More Forest Animals Information:
2) Creatures of the Night http://eduscapes.com/42explore/night.htm
3) Wolves http://eduscapes.com/42explore/wolves.htm
 
Forests for Life 
http://www.panda.org/forests4life/index.htm
This is the website of a forest conservation organization.
 
International Trees and Forests Project (Elanora Heights Primary School) 
http://www.zip.com.au/~elanora/trees.html
This website lets children work co-operatively in sharing their appreciation of trees.
 
National Arbor Day Foundation 
http://www.arborday.org/
The Foundation's mission is to help promote tree care and conservation and to educate people on tree issues.
 
Poetry of Color in the Woods 
http://www.forestry.uga.edu/warnell/service/library/index.php3?docID=20
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 Extension Service)
http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/nreos/forest/topics/leafco~1.html
3) Why Do Leaves Change Color In The Fall?
http://www.sciencemadesimple.com/leaves.html
 
TreeGuide: The Natural History of Trees 
http://www.treeguide.com/treeguide/index.htm
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 maps.
 
Trees of the Pacific Northwest (Oregon State University
http://www.orst.edu/instruct/for241/
This tree identification site helps you identify common conifers in the Pacific Northwest.
 
What Tree Is It? 
http://www.inspire-indiana.net/trees/trees/index.html
Identify an unknown tree (Limited to trees of Ohio) by just one part, such as a leaf or a fruit.
 
World of Trees  
http://www.domtar.com/arbre/english/
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:
Animals of the Rainforest 
http://animalsoftherainforest.org/
Here you can learn about the amphibians, birds, fishes, insects, mammals, and reptiles of the rainforest.
 
New Jersey Teachers of Biodiversity (Developed by Earthwatch-Dodge Teacher Fellows) 
http://www.earthwatch.org/rfteachers/index.html
This is a website on tropical rainforest ecology and conservation.
 
Rain Forest 
http://edtech.kennesaw.edu/web/rforest.html
This is a large links-site that connects you to several rainforest websites.
 
Zoom Rainforest 
http://www.ZoomDinosaurs.com/subjects/rainforest/
Find out all about rainforests (Busy site, sometimes slow-loading, but excellent place to visit).
 
Websites for Teachers
Lessons at Teachers of the Rain Forest (Earthwatch) 
http://www.earthwatch.org/rfteachers/lessons.html
This collection of rain forest lessons was developed by Earthwatch-Dodge Teacher Fellows.
 
Forestry in Saskatchewan (Grade 3-6) by Cara Keeping 
http://www.usask.ca/education/ideas/tplan/sslp/forestry.htm
Here is a unit outline for studying types of trees, forest life, forest products, forest fires, and more.
 
Have You Ever Met a Tree? (Pre-K to Grade 2 - Lesson from Nichols Arboretum) 
http://www.eecs.umich.edu/mathscience/funexperiments/agesubject/lessons/arb/meetatree.html
Children learn some of the characteristics or features of different trees?
 
Rain Forests and Planet Ecology by Susan Cochran and Ann Schwarting (Grade 3-5) 
http://www.libsci.sc.edu/miller/Rainfor.htm
Through the use of literature and related activities, students will expand their knowledge of rain forests and planet ecology.
 
Rainforest Endangered Species Project by Linda Whitmore 
http://sun2.lib.uci.edu/SEP/CTS/Rforest.html
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.
 
Teachers Guide for Lesson Plans at Kids for Trees 
http://www.inhs.uiuc.edu/chf/pub/tree_kit/teacher/index.html
This guide exactly matches the 'Student's Guide at Kids for Trees' (Above).
 
Ten Activities to Do With Youth and Trees (Grade K-6) 
http://www.treesaremyfriends.org/tenactivities.htm
Here are some project ideas that can be used with young kids to investigate trees and nature.
 
Trees and Forests Lessons and Activities (Lin and Don Donn, Keeping Our Earth Green) 
http://members.aol.com/donnandlee/Green.html#FORESTS
This is a links-site to several good lesson plans.
Another Lesson-links Page:
2) Temperate Forests Theme Page at Community Learning Network http://www.cln.org/themes/temperate_forests.html
 
A Tree is Nice by Linda Keeling (Pre-K - K) 
http://www.challenge.state.la.us/k12act/data/tree.html
This lesson includes the purpose of trees, Arbor Day, and the use of creative movements to act out an action rhyme
 

acid rain
deciduous
biomass
branches
decay
timber
coniferous
biome
rainforest
tree
broad-leaf
bark
woodworking
nut
fruit
forest
woodland
underbrush
logging
leaves
trunk
canopy
bush
conservation
growth ring
sapwood
lumber
forest ranger
cones
wood
humus
Arbor Day
roots
pruning
needles
fire
girdling
planting
softwoods
hardwoods
fall color
biodiversity

 
Created by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson 1/99, Updated 8/00, Updated by Nancy Smith, 9/01