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LEAF Curriculum


Found in: science; preK-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12

LEAF Curriculum (Wisconsin’s Forestry Education Program) offers interdisciplinary units for teaching K-12 students about forests and forestry in Wisconsin. Lessons feature career profiles of forestry professionals. Though specifically reflecting Wisconsin’s history and experience, the lessons can be adapted for other states. The curriculum includes a conceptual guide and three lesson guides. The lessons meet Wisconsin Model Academic Standards and H. Gardner's Multiple Intelligences.

Wisconsin K-12 Forestry Lesson Guide Units are grouped K-1, 2-3, 4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-12. The K-1 Unit introduces trees and forests. Students learn about the parts of a tree, what forests are, and why they are important. In Lesson 1, Tree Hardware, ( PDF, 913 KB, 16 pgs.) students learn the parts of a tree, its basic needs, and its life stages. Activities include singing and role-play.

Wisconsin K-12 Urban Forest Lesson Guide Units are grouped K-4, 5-8. 9-12. The 5-8 Unit teaches the importance of urban forests, their needs, and their management. In Lesson 3: Management Decisions and Biodiversity, ( PDF, 736 KB, 18 pgs.) students learn about the importance of biodiversity and problems caused by invasive species in urban forests They complete map-reading and data-manipulation exercises.

Wisconsin K-12 Wildland Fire Lesson Guide Nationally, 90% of forest fires are started by humans. These K-12 lessons focus on the economic, social, and ecological implications of forest fire. In 9th-12th Grade Lesson: Wildland Fire Issues, and Education ( PDF, 274 KB, 18 pgs.) students research forest fires, create and conduct surveys, analyze results, and discuss findings.

LEAF Conceptual Guide ( PDF, 1.1. MB, 48 pgs.) presents concepts underlying the importance of forests and the role we play in sustaining them.

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