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What Happens to Trees that Fall in the Forest

In dying, a tree plays an essential role in sustaining life around it. Here are some classroom activities to explore decomposition and how a fallen tree provides for other life in the forest.

Celebrating Bat Week 2021

By Jennifer Byerly

Bat Week is Oct. 24-Oct. 31! Use this national event (timed with Halloween) to teach kids about the important role bats play as insect eaters, pollinators, and seed spreaders. To celebrate, we’ve gathered some free downloadable activities, arts and crafts, writing prompts, and other projects for all ages to learn about bat conservation.

Seed School

A lost seed with a funny looking hat helps young children learn not only about seed science but also important lessons about diversity and difference.

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10 Books About Trees for Elementary Students

These stories will not only help students learn about trees, but more importantly, appreciate their significance and value. These books can help start a conversation about our relationship with nature, conservation, and life cycles.

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STEM: Tree Lifecycle

Engage students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) as they learn about a tree’s lifecycle.

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Leaves

Use this book to explore the falling leaves of autumn with young readers and a first-year bear cub.

trouts are made of trees children's book

Trout Are Made Of Trees

In this book for grades K-2, join three young children and their Dad as they observe life in and around a stream.

around one log children's book

Around One Log

Storybooks are a great way to capture children’s interest in the environment. As this story builds, it repeats, an excellent instruction technique for young children.