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 a simulation, students model what happens to a forest when trees are cut faster than they are planted, and graph their results.

Students will be able to:
  • Discuss what happens when trees are cut down faster than they are replaced.
  • Create line graphs to show the outcome in a model forest when more trees are cut than planted.
  • Explain at least two reasons forests are important and two ways to help 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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