Let’s ID That Tree!
Take a moment and name as many tree species as you can.Were you able to name five, ten, or even twenty species? If you want to identify all the trees native to Ontario, you will need to name over one hundred and forty tree species.To our best guess, Ontario is a province with approximately 85 billion individual trees. That is almost 6,000 trees for every person living in Ontario! Allowing children to explore the outdoors while learning about the diversity of trees in their own neighbourhood is a natural step towards promoting plant education and helping to create forest stewards.
Given the number of tree species growing in Ontario, tree identification can be overwhelming if not approached in a systematic way. Included in this lesson plan are four activities to help your young students master tree identification. In this lesson, students will explore tree anatomy and classification and use the free Pl@ntNet app to support tree identification. Students will then have the chance to assess native and non-native trees in their local community, and plant some native trees.
- Lectures 0
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- Duration 1-3 hours
- Skill level Grade 3 & 4
- Language English
- Students 0
- Assessments Yes
Grade 3: Understanding Life Systems: Growth and Change in Plants
1.1 assess ways in which plants are important to humans and other living things, taking different points of view into consideration, and suggest ways in which humans can protect plants | 2.2 observe and compare the parts of a variety of plants | 3.6 describe ways in which plants and animals depend on each other
Grade 4: Understanding Life Systems: Habitats and Communities
1.1 analyse the positive and negative impacts of human interactions with natural habitats and communities, taking different perspectives into account, and evaluate ways of minimizing the negative impacts | 3.1 demonstrate an understanding of habitats as areas that provide plants and animals with the necessities of life