i-Tree Lessons

iTreeLessons.com Pilot Project Kicks Off

Most school teachers know that their students need to understand the important functions trees play in an urban environment. Now they can use i-Tree tools to teach those functions and fulfill required Science Standards at the same time. i-TreeLessons.com incorporates i-Tree Canopy and i-Tree Design into middle school science classroom lessons. Although there are a number of resources that use i-Tree as an educational tool for schoolchildren, these new lessons are intended for in-classroom instruction that fulfills required teaching standards.

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A joint collaboration between the Davey Tree Expert Company and Casey Trees, the new program is being piloted in Washington, D.C. schools during the 2015 - 2016 school year. Middle school science teachers were trained in September and will receive technical support throughout the year in order to ensure successful completion of the i-Tree integrated curriculum before June 2016.

The sequential lesson plans first have students use i-Tree Canopy to assess a baseline canopy cover percentage in their neighborhood. After a bit of research on trees’ hardiness zones, they then create a planting plan. Using i-Tree Design, students calculate how much more carbon would be sequestered in their neighborhood if those trees were planted. After administering the entire unit, teachers will evaluate the overall experience in order to improve lessons for the next school year.

The goals of this innovative pilot project are to introduce i-Tree to a new audience – teachers and students in D.C. schools – and enable them to become familiar with the programs while learning about the monetary value of the ecosystem services that trees provide. Although teachers are expected to teach these new science standards, there are few resources that seamlessly integrate those standards into classroom lessons. i-TreeLessons.com does that in a way that makes i-Tree accessible – and enjoyable – to teachers and their students.

To learn more about the i-Tree Integrated Curriculum Pilot Program, please contact Arielle Conti at treestudy@caseytrees.org or visit the i-TreeLessons.com web pages.