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collection for : "Exploring the Environment through Trees and Wildlife" by Joe Estephan


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Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8


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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 2, as of 2012-02-29.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 2
Appropriate Pedagogy: 2

Reviewer Comments:

In this charming unit, middle school students learn about and collect data from their “buddy tree.” The objectives, tasks, and procedures are clearly described, and the activities are varied. The incorporation of video into the unit makes it far more engaging. The idea of “interviewing” the tree is clever and an excellent assessment. At times, the provided assessments do not match the initial outcomes. For example, in lesson #1, students are assessed on the differences between the two types of trees, but no mention of assessment for the “reasons trees are valued,” the other objective for the lesson. In another example, historical context is mentioned in the objectives, but nowhere is this piece assessed. There is a strong measurement piece to this unit that does not appear in the initial outcomes, but certainly could. This unit may easily be used with younger students and may be more appropriate for lower grade levels.

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