Finding My Forest

Produced by the U.S. Forest Service, this curriculum for grades 3–8 provides teachers with the tools needed to integrate the wonder of forests into the classroom and foster environmental awareness among students. Through four standards-supported lessons, students explore several key roles of environmental stewardship. In Lesson One, students serve as environmental journalists, developing a definition of a forest, researching “urban forests,” and creating an iForest blog. In Lesson Two, students become ecologists, exploring a local forest and discovering how the different elements of the forest interrelate. In Lesson Three, students are environmental scientists, conducting experiments, mapping their urban forest and understanding its benefits, and developing ideas about conservation. By Lesson Four, students are ready to be outdoor educators, sharing their deepening understanding of the importance of and need for time spent exploring and conserving forests. The curriculum also includes a calendar of ideas to explore forests year-round and a Finding My Forest grid students and families can use to track time spent and activities conducted outdoors.

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