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Treecycle

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Name animals typically found in an oak woodland habitat and describe each organism’s relationship to the oak.
  • Identify the producers, consumers and decomposers in the habitat.
  • Discuss the role of the oak in its habitat throughout its existence.

Time: 45 minutes

Materials:

For each student:

For the class:

  • Highlighters-3 different colors

Procedure

Return to the Oaks and Wildlife reading selection and have students use different colored highlighters to identify producers, consumers and decomposers. (You may want to create charts that summarize the producers, consumers and decomposers mentioned in the reading.) Using this information and additional information gathered during field work, students construct food chains and webs that one might find in an oak woodland habitat.

Distribute copies of the Treecycle. Ask students to think about how the wildlife they have observed and read about uses the oak tree at different times of the cycle and to record the names of the wildlife that uses the oak at different times on the worksheet.

Going deeper:

The Banana Slug String Band perform songs about food chains, decomposers and other plant and tree related topics. 

Resources:

A Log’s Life by E. Wendy Pfeffer

The Life Cycle of a Tree by Bobbie Kalman