Lesson Plan

Grades 3-5, 6-8


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30 minutes

SUBJECTS: Math, Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Economics, Forests, Land Use

Resource Overview

In this role-playing simulation, students discover what happens to a forest when the demand for wood is greater than the supply and then graph their results.

Students will be able to:
  • Analyze the effect on a natural resource when demand exceeds supply.
  • Determine ways to preserve forests by impacting the supply and/or demand.
  • Explain at least two reasons why it is important to protect forests.

Features of This Resource

  • ELA connection through poetry
  • Opportunity for art integration
  • Students practice creating line graphs
  • Exploration of linear vs. exponential growth
  • Two versions of this lesson – upper elementary and middle grades

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