in Fall...Collect Them All!
What Tree Is It? from the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN) and The Ohio Historical Society (OHS) provides an online illustrated dichotomous key (by leaf or by fruit) for the identification of common Ohio trees. It is also possible to search by tree name and supplies basic facts about the tree identified. Click on the icon above.
Science for Ohio's Online Seed Tour is an online resource for seed identification in the classroom. Updates to this site are provided by Ohio teachers and students. Click on the icon above.
Science Clips, by the BBC, offers interactive science animations that can be manipulated by students in order to learn science content. Check out the "Sorting and Using Materials" , "Characteristics of Materials", or "Variation" science clips (for primary students) that relate to this inquiry.
Have your students visit Quiz Star and take the Science for Ohio Online Seeds in Fall... Quiz. Once at Quiz Star:
Click here to print a student version of the above steps that can be affixed to your classroom/lab computer(s).
Click here to download a quiz results page (MS Word) that can be modified for all Quiz Star quizzes.
BrainPOP.com, an award-winning site, offers original animated movies that answer kids' questions about health, science, and technology. The site provides an interactive quiz while movies load. To visit the site and watch their two minute Pollination movie, click on the icon above. Note: This is a subscription site, but selected movies are available without a subscription.
The BellNET Technology Network has a neat Seed Dispersal Scavenger Hunt if you have access to a field or forest area near your school or via field trip. Note: Be sure to discuss poison ivy prior to the game as these seeds will be fruiting in the fall too!
The Seed Dispersal Puppet Show is one of dozens of puppet shows you will find in Hands-On Nature: Information and Activities for Exploring the Environment with Children by The Vermont Institute of Natural Science. Assign a small group of students to create props and conduct this puppet show for the class. Click on the icon above to download this puppet show.
eNature.com provides an online field guide to over 4800 North American plants and animals. Species accounts are from the National Audobon Society Field Guides, Nature Guides, and Regional Guides. These guides are published by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. They can be ordered online at eNature or on the National Audobon Society website (www.audobon.org). eNature.com will supply additional information if you log in and become a member. Click on the icon to connect to eNature.com.
What Tree Is That? is an online guide to the more common trees found in the United States. It uses dichotomous keying to identify trees by leaf attributes. You can also search the guide by tree name. It is an on-line version of the publication What Tree Is That? profiled in Teacher Resources. It is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation. Click on the icon above.
Meeting Trees by Scott Russell Sanders uses vivid illustrations and descriptive text to introduce readers to the beauty and variety of trees in our environment. An excellent read-aloud prior to a class seed/tree identification hike. ISBN 0-7922-4140-1
In a Nutshell by Joseph Anthony uses wonderful illustrations by Cris Arbo to tell the story of an acorn seed as it grows into an oak tree and beyond. A wonderful read-aloud to connect with humans and the environment, the cycling of matter and more. ISBN 1-883220-99-8
Where the Forest Meets the Sea by Jeannie Baker tells the story of a boy and his father who vacation in an exotic, primeval wilderness, which like so many others is now being threatened by civilization. ISBN 0-688-06363-2
From Seed To Plant by Gail Gibbons nicely illustrates seed information and processes with full page color drawings and simple text. A good read aloud for primary and early intermediate classrooms. ISBN 0-8234-0872-8
The Dandelion Seed by Joseph Anthony uses wonderful illustrations by Cris Arbo to tell the story of a dandelion seed as it makes its journey through life. A wonderful read-aloud to illustrate life cycles, respect for nature, and more. ISBN 1-883220-66-1
Tell Me, Tree: All about Trees for Kids by Gail Gibbons is an excellent informational book for elementary reference or read-aloud. ISBN 0-316-30903-6
Belly Button Boy by Peter Maloney and Felicia Zekauskas, is a cleverly written story of a boy, Billy, who loves dirt. This love of dirt leads him to an unexpected and humorous adventure with his "belly button" plant. A great read-aloud or student shelf book to go with a unit on plants or seeds. Also, a great springboard to creative writing and illustration. ISBN 0-8037-2542
The Big Tree written and illustrated by Bruce Hiscock tells the story of a tree from it's days as a seedling in the days of the American Revolution to the present. It is an excellent picture book read aloud with social studies connections. ISBN 0-689-31598-8
Seeds by Terry Jennings offers simple text with colorful illustrations to tell the story of seeds. ISBN 0-531-17087-X
National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees--Eastern Region covers trees from the Eastern Seaboard to central Texas and the Rockies. 364 species fully described, including habitat, range, and lore. Over 100 color plate photos dedicated to seed identification. ISBN 0-394-50760-6
Trees--A Golden Guide written
by Herbert Zim and Alexander Martin and illustrated by Dorothea and
A Field Guide to Eastern Trees (Peterson Field Guides) by George Petrides and Janet Wehr features detailed desriptions of 455 species of trees native to eastern North America, including the midwest and south. It includes drawings of seeds with accompanying leaves. ISBN 0-395-90455-2
What Tree Is That? a publication of the National Arbor Day Foundation, is a guide to the more common trees found in the Eastern and Central U.S. It uses dichotomous keying to identify trees by leaf attributes. A teacher pack of 35 of these guides with a student video, posters and more can be ordered for under $30.00! Click on the icon to visit their website.
Enviromath:Activities to Stimulate Interest, Integration, and Inquiry in Grades K-8 by Bobbie S. Oh is a wonderful resource for connecting math and science. It contains 25 inquiries including Seed Sort Spectacular, a seed inquiry for grades K-2. ISBN 0-7872-3950-X
Hands-On Nature: Information and Activities for Exploring the Environment with Children by The Vermont Institute of Natural Science is a wonderful teacher resource which contains hundreds of activities including outdoor investigations, puppet shows, and more. It is a great life science resource for the elementary classroom. Copies can be ordered at 1-800-421-1561. ISBN 1-58465-078-8
The Budding Botanist: An AIMS Activities Book provides teacher activities geared toward plants for grades 3-6. ISBN 1-881431-40-1