Seeing the Wood for the Trees: Introduction to Sustainable Forestry

Lesson plan with video, grades 6–8



In this lesson, students interact with Google Earth to identify forests that have been logged selectively versus those that have not. They also learn how to distinguish the appearance of forestry methods in satellite images. Outdoors, students create a comprehensive list of all the tree species in their own neighborhoods or local parks. Students collect leaves and work as individuals, then as teams, to identify the trees in their sampling area. Class data is pooled to allow simple calculations of rarity indices for the various tree species.


Lesson Plan

Student Handout



Published November 2013, updated June 2018