Students will choose a tree and observe its life cycle over multiple seasons.
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- S2L1b. Students will relate seasonal changes to observations of how a tree changes throughout a school year.
- Instruct students to explore the outdoor area to choose a tree to follow throughout the year. Remember to specify the boundaries for their exploration. Trees can be labeled with the student’s name and/ or information that the student collects about the tree.
- Throughout the year, take students to visit trees once each month to make observations, collect specimens, take measurements, document changes (drawing or writing), record reflections, and make a hypothesis of the changes for the upcoming visit. Photos can be taken of the student with their tree on each visit. As a class, record the temperature, rainfall, and/ or length of day to make inferences on how the changes in the seasons affect the trees.
- At the conclusion of the project, students should be able to complete a storyboard of their tree throughout the seasons.