Fun with Forestry
A  WebQuest for Middle or High School Students, WebQuest Agricultural Series by Missouri Farm Bureau and Missouri State University



INTRODUCTION
Trees are your friends!  They produce oxygen for you to breath, supply us with jobs and wood products for furniture, housing and the paper industries, provide habitat for wild animals, help control erosion of soil and water quality and provide a wonderful place for us to enjoy the great outdoors. 


OVERALL TASK
Your task is to  work your way through the following WebQuest.   Complete all the Steps and Activities to fully enjoy the wonderful and exciting world of trees and forestry.   



Step 1: Visit the following Websites

USDA

Tree I.D.

Southeastern Trees of the U.S.

Trees of the Pacific Northwest

Tree Classification

Classification and corresponding chart

Trees by States

Terms and Definitions

More Terms

Forestry Management Terms

Riparian Zones

Careers

Wood and Paper Products

State Forests
 

Step 2.  Visit the Activities Page and complete the definitions.

Step 3. Now that you have completed the terms and definitions on the activities page, make a list of all the wood products that are present in your classroom.  Be as complete as you can and remember, some items contain wood that you might not automatically think of.

Step 4:  Now, using the web resources you previously visited, collect leaves off of 10 different species of trees, attach the leaves to a piece of  paper and label the following outlined items for each tree . You will probably need to compare you leaves with the pictures on the websites provided. Make sure the leaves are from different species and not just a different tree.
  

  • Leaf Arrangement;  either opposite or alternate

  • Leaf Composition;  either simple or compound

  • Tree classification;  Is it a Gymnosperm or a Angiosperm?

  • Is it considered a hardwood or a softwood?

  • Provide both the Scientific and Common name of each tree
                

Step 5:  Now place your pages in a binder and complete the following based on your findings of all 10 species:
   

Assignment 1:  Compose a pie graph illustrating the percentage of alternate and opposite leaf arrangement. 

Assignment 2:  Compose a bar graph that demonstrates the number of hardwoods verses softwoods.

Assignment 3:  Write a 2 page paper describing all the ways in which trees and forest contribute to our lives.  Include such items as contributions to  air and water quality , wood and paper products and careers related to trees and forestry.

CONCLUSION
You have completed the WebQuest on Fun with Forestry. Review your original list of products made from trees that you composed at the beginning of this WebQuest.  Do you have anything else that you would add to your list after completing these activities? You may need to revisit the websites provided to jog your memory.  When finished, include this list in your leaf/tree binder.  You should now be able to answer questions from your classmates or even your parents concerning some contributions of trees to our society.   Make sure your leaf binders are in tip -top shape.  Your teacher may wish to display them at a late date.    


EVALUATION

Rubric for  Projects 1-5

Competency 

10 pts.

8 pts.

6 pts.

0 pts.

Leaf Arrangement Students displays exceptional understanding and completion of assignment Student is progressing towards understanding and completion of assignment Students  displayed little understanding or completion of the assignment Students displayed no understanding or completion of the assignment
Leaf Composition Students displays exceptional understanding and completion of assignment Student is progressing towards understanding and completion of assignment Students  displayed little understanding or completion of the assignment Students displayed no understanding or completion of the assignment
Tree Classification Students displays exceptional understanding and completion of assignment Student is progressing towards understanding and completion of assignment Students  displayed little understanding or completion of the assignment Students displayed no understanding or completion of the assignment
Hardwood versus Softwood Students displays exceptional understanding and completion of assignment Student is progressing towards understanding and completion of assignment Students  displayed little understanding or completion of the assignment Students displayed no understanding or completion of the assignment
Scientific/Common Names Students displays exceptional understanding and completion of assignment Student is progressing towards understanding and completion of assignment Students  displayed little understanding or completion of the assignment Students displayed no understanding or completion of the assignment

Rubric for 6-10

Competency 

10 pts.

8 pts.

6 pts.

0 pts.

Leaf Binder Assembly Students displays exceptional understanding and completion of assignment Student is progressing towards understanding and completion of assignment Students  displayed little understanding or completion of the assignment Students displayed no understanding or completion of the assignment
Pie graph Students displays exceptional understanding and completion of assignment Student is progressing towards understanding and completion of assignment Students  displayed little understanding or completion of the assignment Students displayed no understanding or completion of the assignment
Bar Graph Students displays exceptional understanding and completion of assignment Student is progressing towards understanding and completion of assignment Students  displayed little understanding or completion of the assignment Students displayed no understanding or completion of the assignment
Terms and Definitions Students displays exceptional understanding and completion of assignment Student is progressing towards understanding and completion of assignment Students  displayed little understanding or completion of the assignment Students displayed no understanding or completion of the assignment
 2 Page Paper

 

Students displays exceptional understanding and completion of assignment Student is progressing towards understanding and completion of assignment Students  displayed little understanding or completion of the assignment Students displayed no understanding or completion of the assignment


CREDITS
This WebQuest was created by teachers participating in Missouri's Agriculture in the Classroom program at Missouri State University through a USDA grant.  The template on this site was adapted from a template from The WebQuest Page and the original was designed by Dr. Lyndon Irwin.  Assistance for this project was provided by Mrs. Barbara Irwin, M.S. and Mrs. Diane Olson, M.S.


Teachers are encouraged to adapt this lesson for classroom use only.  No part of this publication may be transmitted, stored, recorded or published in any form without written permission from Missouri Farm Bureau.



This page was developed by RaMona Andrus, reviewed by Lyndon and the late Barbara Irwin and is maintained by Missouri Farm Bureau.

Please address questions to Diane Olson at Missouri Farm Bureau.