Branching Out into Forestry
A Web Lesson for
Sixth Grade Gifted
Science, Math, and Technology
By Roxanne Speer
University of Louisiana at Lafayette

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Introduction
The miraculous phenomenon of trees is that they use resources (sun, soil, water, and air) without really depleting the environment of these resources. Trees also convert carbon dioxide to oxygen and store carbon in the wood, keeping it trapped even after processing it into lumber or furniture. A tree returns nutrients to the soil two times more than it uses. (Most of it through leaf and twig drops)

Trees are a RENEWABLE resource. We can grow trees many times over in the same site.

There are hundreds of products made from our Louisiana forests. Lumber and paper are recognizable, but did you know that other products include rayon fabric, toothpaste and even ice cream are made from tree sources? And best of all, wood is biodegradable and renewable. That means we can use our forests and still be assured those trees will be a part of our landscape for generations.

Task
Here are some fun facts about forestry:

Now, for YOUR task.

Your group will be challenged to a

Scavenger Hunt!

Process
The first task to complete your process will be to name your group an original name that will fit the lesson in forestry. Be original and come up with a name that will be unique to your group members.

Complete the following requirements for the scavenger hunt:

See the "Evaluation" section for time allowances.

Find the items/answers to the questions listed below in the CD-ROM "Louisiana Forests Forever"

1. What is the key to balance the needs and uses of the forest?

2. Name the white tail deer's primary habitat.

3. Which region/regions in Louisiana are most known for Gum/Oak/Cypress forests? (NE/NW/SE/SW)

4. What do raccoons use for shelter, escape and feeding their young?

5. Where does a female wood duck build her nest?

6. Which parish in Louisiana has the "National Champion" for the "National Register of Big Trees"? Name the parish, species, circumference and height.

7. Over time, an unmanaged forest will convert from which types of wood?

8. Find the closest State recreational park to near your community. Name the park and address and phone number.

9. What can you do there? Name five types of recreational activities that you can do at this state park.

10. List 5 products that are made from trees that you did not know about before you did the CD-ROM "Louisiana Forests Forever".

Evaluation
Part 1: Answers

You will have 15 minutes to complete the scavenger hunt sheet with your answers. Type the answers in your group's P.D.A. Remember, this is a "scavenger hunt", so you may want to use your time wisely and finish as many of the questions as possible in 15 minutes. Don't forget, your answer may have several parts to the response.

Part 2:
After time is called (15 minutes), you will be able to compare answers with the other groups by beaming your answer sheet to the other groups. Your job is to make sure that you have the answers to ALL questions. You will have approximately 8 minutes to complete this task.

Additional Resources

Browse through the following sites for more information on forestry. Be sure to use the Back button to return to this page.

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/features/96/forest.html
Explore the fantastic forest: This site is sponsored by National geographic and has a virtual forest similar to "Louisiana Forests Forever".

http://www.srsfia.usfs.msstate.edu
US Forest Service Southern Research Station Home Page. This site accesses technical papers but the maps and tables about the amount and types of forests in the Southeastern US may be helpful.

http://www.treeguide.com
Tree guide-The Natural History of Trees: This site is a database for information about most tree species and is formatted much like a field guide.

http://www.wri.org/ffi/maps
Last Frontier Forests: This site has interactive maps that provide interesting opportunities to compare the amounts and types of forests by country.


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