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Learn to plant and maintain strong, healthy trees that will thrive for generations.

Your Urban Forest

In this branch of Seed to Seedling, students will discover the many benefits of their urban forest and consider some of the psychological benefits of trees.

Before beginning, define the boundaries of your urban forest study area (the school yard is optimal, but a nearby park will do). Remember, students will be advocating for the planting of additional trees in their study area, so take this into consideration.

These activities are best done in the spring when leaves are on the trees.

California Content Standards

Grade 3 Life Sciences

3. Adaptations in physical structure or behavior may improve an organism’s chance for survival. As a basis for understanding this concept:

c. Students know living things cause changes in the environment in which they live: some of these changes are detrimental to the organism or other organisms, and some are beneficial.

Grade 3 Investigation and Experimentation

5e. Collect data in an investigation and analyze those data to develop a logical conclusion.

Grade 3 History-Social Science

3.4 Students understand the role of rules and laws in our daily lives and the basic structure of the U.S. government.

2. Discuss the importance of public virtue and the role of citizens, including how to participate in a classroom, in the community, and in civic life.

Grade 3 Reading

1.6 Use sentence and word context to find the meaning of unknown words.

1.7 Use a dictionary to learn the meaning and other features of unknown words.

2.0 Students read and comprehend grade-level appropriate material. They draw upon a variety of comprehension strategies as needed (e.g., generating and responding to essential questions, making predictions, comparing information from several sources).

2.5 Distinguish the main idea and supporting details in expository text.

Grade 3 Writing

Writing Applications 2.2 Write descriptions that use concrete sensory details to present and support unified impressions of people, places, things, or experiences.

Written and Oral English Language Conventions 1.0 Students write and speak with a command of Standard English conventions appropriate to this grade level.

Grade 4 History-Social Science

4.1 Students demonstrate an understanding of the physical and human geographic features that define places and regions in California.

3. Identify the state capital and describe the various regions of California, including how their characteristics and physical environments (e.g., water, landforms, vegetation, climate) affect human activity.

Grade 4 Mathematics-Statistics, Data Analysis and Probability

1.0 Students organize, represent, and interpret numerical and categorical data and clearly communicate their findings:

1.1 Formulate survey questions: systematically collect and represent data on a number line; and coordinate graphs, tables and charts.

Grade 4 Reading

2.0 Students read and comprehend grade-level appropriate material. They draw upon a variety of comprehension strategies as needed (e.g., generating and responding to essential questions, making predictions, comparing information from several sources).

Grade 4 Writing

Writing Strategies 1.0 Students write clear, coherent sentences and paragraphs that develop a central idea.

Written and Oral English Language Conventions 1.0 Students write and speak with a command of Standard English conventions appropriate to this grade level.

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