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This great set of four full size posters contains lots of good information about growing Christmas trees in New York State and the benefits to our environment of choosing a real tree.
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Christmas Tree farms offer learning opportunities year-round. You can use our Tree Finder tool to locate Christmas Tree farms in your area – many farms offer school tours, special events and/or in-school presentations.
The lessons in this packet will introduce students in grades K-8 to many important aspects of conifer trees and Christmas tree growing in New York State.
Our curriculum materials offer both in-class and outdoor investigations of conifers. Through these multi-disci- plinary lessons, students will increase their ecological literacy and their understanding of the landscape in which they live. They'll learn the historical context for decorating with evergreens at the darkest time of year-a tradition that long pre-dates the religious celebration of Christmas.
Students will also learn about part of New York State's agricultural economy-Christmas tree farming. They'll explore the important ecological role conifer trees play in the region's web of life, and they'll ponder the pros and cons of utilizing living Christmas trees as opposed to artificial ones.
In short, these lessons will connect students with the landscape, history, economy, wildlife, plants, and people in their region. The lessons will challenge them and encourage their creativity, problem solving skills, research abilities, and much more. Each grade-appropriate lesson plan is linked to New York State Learning Standards and to Core Curriculum Standards. Students will find these lessons useful, engaging, and inspiring.
Come and visit our Tree Varieties database, which teaches visitors about the many types of trees that Christmas Tree Farmers grow every year. There are sixteen featured trees with descriptions, characteristics and a photograph. Pick the one you like best or encourage students to learn about them all.
In 1999, the National Christmas Tree Association introduced Real Trees 4 Kids!, a free online curriculum about the science of Real Trees for students, teachers and leaders. Since then, the curriculum has been expanded to address all students in grades K-12. Lesson plans and activities are age-appropriate and cover a variety of topics, including soil science, the economics of Real Trees, species, lifecycles, genetics, recycling and the environment and more! Visit us online at www.realtrees4kids.org to download free lesson plans, teachers guides, activity ideas and more!.
A children-friendly version of growing trees is also available at How Stuff Works.