The Timber and Logging Industries Teacher's Page
A  WebQuest for Middle School Students, WebQuest Agricultural Series by Missouri Farm Bureau and Missouri State University


The world of trees involves more that just growing and being green. We use trees in a variety of ways, including lumber and wood products for building and furnishing homes and businesses, and paper products of all types to keep us neat and organized in our daily lives. We even need trees to help produce the world's supply of oxygen for us to breath. Whether we like it or not, our lives are closely tied to our tall timbered friends-----the tree!!!!

Rubric for 5 Projects


10 pts.

8 pts.

6 pts.

0 pts.

Map of the U.S./Forests Student has the required states and at  least 1 forest area in each state Student has the required states, but  lacks up to 3 forest areas Student had most of the required states but, lacks up to 5  forest areas Student showed little or no desire to complete the project.  Less than half of the states and forest present.
3 page Report and Class Presentation Final draft of report is complete, presentation lasted 5 minutes and was packed with information Report was adequate, but lacked some corrections, presentation was around 4 minutes. Report was sloppy, presentation was 2-3 minutes Student displayed little or no desire to complete assignment
Paper Plate/Tree Ring Activity Student has all 36 rings correct, born-in year and included fire, excessive rain  and drought information. Student had  at least 25 rings labeled correctly   Student has at least 15 rings labeled correctly Student made little or no attempt at this project
Time-Line Activity Student has all years labeled on time-line representing both the tree and themselves Student has at least 25 years labeled with supporting information on both the tree and themselves. Student has at least 15 years labeled  with dual information Student made little attempt at completing this assignment
DBH essay Student knew what DBH stands for, described how it is calculated and how this determines lumber yield. Student displayed a fair grasp  for  understanding of DBH and essay included  most of the required elements. Student displayed limited understanding of DBH, calculations, essay lacks required elements. Student showed little effort on this project

Students will need paper, crayons, markers, pencils, a large paper plate, typing or art paper to tape together for the time-line, a source for creating a U.S. map by state and tape for pages.

Students answers will vary, but should include all of the requirements for the report, the year it started growing in 1970 for the tree ring paper plate, all of the corresponding wet, dry, and fire conditions as outlined by the scenario and all of that information should be on the time-line as well. Students should have also included dates from their family tree/history on this time-line.

National Education Standards


  • Natural Hazards
  • Risks and benefits
  • Science and technology in Society

Basic Operations and Concepts

  • Students demonstrate a sound understanding of the nature and operation of technology systems.
  • Students are proficient in the use of technology.

Technology Productivity Tools

  • Students use telecommunications to collaborate, publish, and interact with peers, experts, and other audiences.
  • Students use a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences.

Language Arts: Speaking/Listening Sec. 2

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