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What is a Forest?


Learning Outcomes

  • Students will gain an understanding of the components of a forest.
  • Students will learn to look at features of a tree and relate them to the key in the “Tree Book” as a means of identifying a tree.
  • Students will begin to develop an understanding of the vocabulary used when discussing the forest and the industries related to forestry. Question
  • What is a forest?
    (What is a forest made up of? What are the components of a forest?)
  • How can we identify the various trees that exist in a forest?
    Setting the stage: (approx. lesson time: 1+ hr.)
  • Part I- (allow 20-30 min.) Have the students brainstorm to identify to the components of a forest and discuss the format of this unit.
  • Part II- Have the students, in small groups, examine tree branches to explore ways of comparing trees. Try to have at least two types of coniferous trees and two types of deciduous trees (with leaves).
NOTE: If it is winter, do this lesson using several different coniferous samples. You will need a set of samples for each group. These may be provided for you by contacting a local forest educator at least 2 weeks prior to the lesson. You will also want to arrange for the samples needed for the Tree ID lesson.

Materials Needed

  • a board or overhead projector
  • the poster “Between the Stands”
  • sets of tree samples (one set per group)
  • glossary
  • each group will need a recorder with a paper and pencil
  • tree books (6 are provided). If you require more, contact your local forest educator to see if you can borrow extras or photocopy the pages you will need.

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