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Downloadable “Talk About Trees” documents for teachers

Forests: Today, Tomorrow & Forever: A complete environmental education unit on California’s forests. The unit is complete with lab activities, games, art projects and discussion materials for each lesson. Designed for grades 4-6 and adaptable for grades K-8.

Introduction: Welcome and contents

Lesson 1: The Web of Life: Discussed ecological communities and food webs

Lesson 2: The Nature of Trees: Discusses tree structures and functions

Lesson 3: Nature's Treasure Chest: Discusses trees as a renewable resource

Lesson 4: The Sustainable Forest: Discusses resource conservation

Lesson 5: Forest Health: Discusses components of a healthy forest

Lesson 6: Waste Not; Want Not: Discusses the wise use of resources

Lesson 7: Forest Families: Game to reinforce previous lessons

Lesson 8: Forest Watersheds: Discusses responsible forest management and clean water

Lesson 9: Forests, Carbon and Our Climate: Discusses a forest's role in the carbon cycle

Conclusion: Bibliography; Helpful Links; Content Standards Matrix; Environmental Principles and Concepts

Hot Topic: Wildfires and You: This unit is aligned to meet California State Science Content Standards for sixth grade and is adaptable for grades 4 through 8. The unit includes detailed background information for teachers and students to explore Heat and Energy; Fire; Fire in Our Communities; Fire Investigation and Experimentation.

Forests and the Carbon Cycle: High school curriculum aligned to California State Science Content Standards. Teaches students about the relationship between forests, carbon sequestration and climate change. Teacher background information, lessons and research project included. Goes well with our carbon cycle poster.

Young Open Forest Bookmark: Designed for readers to learn about the ecology and wildlife in young forests.

Middle Aged Forest Bookmark: Designed for readers to learn about the ecology and wildlife in middle-aged forests.

Mature & Old Growth Forest Bookmark: Designed for readers to learn about the ecology and wildlife in mature, and old growth forests.

Sugar Pine and Ponderosa Pine Bookmark: Designed to teach readers about California’s Sugar Pine and Ponderosa Pine trees, and the types of products we get from them.

Douglas Fir and White Fire Bookmark: Designed to teach readers about California’s Douglas Fir and White Fire trees, and the types of products with get from them.

Redwood and Incense Cedar Bookmark: Designed to teach readers about California’s Redwood and Incense Cedar trees, and the types of products with get from them.

Tag Along with Twig — A Woodland Adventure: An activity book that takes students through the forest with Twig to learn about trees and forestry in California. Great for grades 2-6.

U.S. Standard Measurement Wood Rulers: Provided to classrooms as an example of the wood products we use every day. Please contact us to order rulers..

Natural Cedar Pencils: Provided to classrooms as an example of the wood products we use every day. Please contact us to order pencils.

Our Forests Gives Us — Color Sheets: A color sheet for all ages that allows children to learn about California forest habitats, wildlife and the forest products that we rely on every day.

Carbon Cycle Poster: A 19”x25” poster that graphically represents the relationship between forests, humans and the carbon cycle. This poster is adaptable for all ages and works well with our Forests and the Carbon Cycle High School Curriculum.

California Has Forests For Everyone Poster: An 18”x24” poster illustrating the multiple uses of California forests.

Work In The Woods: A brochure intended for high school and college students on the various opportunities and careers associated with the field of natural resources.

Visual Forester: An interactive CD that can be used for classroom presentations, individualized research projects or a fun tool to explain complex natural resource issues in California. VFIC uses real GIS information and state of the art graphics to help students and teachers analyze the impacts, rewards and consequences of natural resource management in California. This CD is intended for grades 7-12. Please contact us to order the CD.

We Care for the Forest: A look at forest ownership and forestland management in California.