Science

Structures and Functions of Living Organisms

Students will learn about the tree life cycle and be able to name and label tree anatomy and function.

The teacher will help students connect human survival and needs (learned in K-2) with how trees survive and grow. Students will keep a journal to record the weather, season and condition of their tree of focus. At the end of the Citizens Science Project, teams will analyze their data and make conclusions about how environmental factors affected their tree. 

This activity allows students to practice/review multiple math skills while learning about North Carolina trees.   These word problems are primarily multi-step, multi-skill problems which provide valuable practice for end of grade testing.   In addition, each question has a fun fact about N.C. trees as an engaging way for students to learn about tree structures and how people in North Carolina use them as a valuable natural resource.

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Forces and Motion

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Matter: Properties and Change

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Energy: Conservation and Transfer

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Earth in the Universe

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Earth Systems, Structures and Processes

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Ecosystems

Students will learn about the tree life cycle and be able to name and label tree anatomy and function.

Students will learn about the inner layers of a tree’s trunk and their function for tree life and growth. Students will learn one way that foresters can age a tree and learn more about the environmental conditions the tree grew in.

Students will study flower anatomy and dissect a flower to see all of its working parts. Students will perform hand-on activities to learn about flower pollination and how plants and pollinators need each other to complete their life cycles.

This series of lessons teaches students the different attributes of leaf structures in trees and how to use the right science vocabulary to refer to these characteristics.   Students will become more proficient at identifying trees based on their leaf structure and will develop and practice important science processing skills:  observing, describing, classifying and diagramming their thinking. 

Once the teacher has assessed students prior knowledge of the life cycle of trees, students will watch a SlideShow presentation. Next, students will take an outside hike where they will look for examples of the different stages of the tree lifecycle. Students will create a PowerPoint (Google Slide) OR a foldable that names and explains each lifecycle stage.

Students will observe the tree of focus in their Citizen Science Project and through exploration and research, will identify the parts of a tree and their function. The teacher will read aloud “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein as a closing activity and connect what they’ve learned to the book.

Students will perform hand-on activities and experiments to learn about seed dispersal.

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