(6 classroom lessons, 1 careers lesson, 3 field enhancements)
The 2-3 Unit expands on basic ideas about forests and helps students understand their connection to forests. Students learn about energy flow, basic tree identification skills, forest products, and what it means to be a forest steward.
Lesson 1 - To Be a Tree | Subject Areas: Arts, Language Arts, Science
Lesson 1 - To Be a Tree
Students use their knowledge of tree parts to learn basic tree identification skills. Basic needs and life stages of a tree are also emphasized through a game and drawing activity.
Lesson 2 - What Makes a Forest? | Subject Areas: Arts, Language Arts, Science
Lesson 2 - What Makes a Forest?
Students discover how living things are influenced by nonliving things through a matching activity, song or skit, and creating a class mural of Wisconsin forests.
Lesson 3 - Forest Energy Flow | Subject Areas: Art, Science
Lesson 3 - Forest Energy Flow
Students learn about energy flow in the forest by role-playing producers, consumers, and decomposers.
Lesson 4 - Forests Are Important to Me! | Subject Areas: Arts, Language Arts, Mathematics,
Forests Are Important to Me!
Students explore forest values and discover what forest products come from Wisconsin using a checklist. Creative writing and an art project help students examine why they value forests.
Lesson 5 - Decisions, Decisions | Subject Areas: Arts, Social Studies
Students are introduced to the concept of forest management by creating a plan for their schoolyard. A card game and song highlight some of the people involved in forest management.
Lesson 6 - I Can Be a Forest Steward | Subject Areas: Arts, Social Studies
I Can Be a Forest Steward
Students find out what it means to be a forest steward and make decisions about good stewardship activities through an I-Spy picture and board game.
Careers Exploration | Subject Areas: Arts, Language Arts, Social Studies
Students learn about professionals in Wisconsin with forestry-related careers, match jobs and duties, and draw themselves in a career that interests them.
Field Enhancement 1 - I Can Be a Forester | Subject Areas: Arts, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
I Can Be a Forester
Students get a taste of what foresters do by collecting and discussing data.
Field Enhancement 2 - Observing Forest Interactions | Subject Areas: Arts, Science
Observing Forest Interactions
Students explore living and nonliving forest features on a hike and spend time observing and drawing parts of a forest.
Field Enhancement 3 - Forest Energy Scavenger Hunt | Subject Areas: Science
Forest Energy Scavenger Hunt
Students follow the flow of energy in a forest by going on a scavenger hunt.
2-3 Standards Addendum