Forests Ontario

Cutting Styles

Lesson Plans

To appreciate that because of ecological, economic, and social reasons, different forest types require different methods of harvesting and to familiarize students with the four harvesting techniques used in Canada.

  • Indoors
  • Social Studies
  • Application
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking

Pulp to Paper

Lesson Plans

To understand the importance of the chemical lignin to pulp and paper production and to simulate the age-old process of papermaking by making new paper from old.

  • Indoors
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Communication
  • Literacy
  • Writing

Tree Waterworks 2

Lesson Plans

To explore the mechanisms by which water is transported throughout the tree.

  • Indoors
  • Science
  • Application
  • Collaboration

Life History of a Tree

Lesson Plans

Students will interpret the life history of a tree and to understand some of the factors that affect tree growth by examining tree cross-sections.

  • Indoors
  • Outdoors
  • Science
  • Application
  • Critical Thinking
  • Writing

Reforestation

Lesson Plans

Students will create an environmentally and economically effective plan for regenerating a harvested area and understand common methods of reforestation.

  • Indoors
  • Business/Economics
  • Geography
  • Math
  • Social Studies
  • Application
  • Numeracy
  • Outdoor Education
  • Social Action

The Lorax

Lesson Plans

To give students an opportunity to recognize the importance of managing our forests.

  • Indoors
  • English/Language Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • Science
  • Application
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Literacy
  • Reading
  • Writing

The Forest Sponge

Lesson Plans

To give students an opportunity to demonstrate how forests can help prevent soil erosion.

  • Indoors
  • English/Language Arts
  • Science
  • Application
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Literacy
  • Reading

Balancing Act

Lesson Plans

Students will take on the role of a stakeholder in forest management and learn about the various goals of developing a management plan.

  • Indoors
  • Business/Economics
  • Social Studies
  • Application
  • Collaboration
  • Communication

Alien Invaders

Lesson Plans

Students will learn how to identify local invasive species and develop an invasive species plan.

  • Indoors
  • Outdoors
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Communication
  • Outdoor Education
  • Writing

Land Art

Lesson Plans

Students will learn about the natural world around them through the creation of land art and identification of materials used in their creations.

  • Indoors
  • Outdoors
  • English/Language Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • Science
  • Application
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Writing

Food Forest

Lesson Plans

Through interactive activities, students will come to understand the importance of trees and the inter-connectedness of species contained within the forest food web.

  • Indoors
  • Outdoors
  • Health and PE
  • Science
  • Application
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking

The Success of Tree Seeds

Lesson Plans

Students will learn to estimate the potential seed crop and its monetary value from a coniferous tree species in a specific area. This is an indoor/outdoor activity.

  • Indoors
  • Outdoors
  • Business/Economics
  • Math
  • Application
  • Numeracy

The Heat is On!

Lesson Plans

Students will predict the impacts of climate change on a local forested environment. This is an indoor activity.

  • Indoors
  • Geography
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Application
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Writing

Nature’s Throwaways

Lesson Plans

The natural cycle of decay in the forest will be explored. This is an indoor/outdoor activity.

  • Indoors
  • Outdoors
  • Science
  • Application
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Outdoor Education

Construct a Tree

Fact Sheets

To give students the opportunity to identify the parts of a tree and demonstrate how they fit together. This is an indoor activity.

  • Indoors
  • Fine Arts
  • Health and PE
  • Science
  • Application
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Reading
  • Writing

Forest Connections

Fact Sheets

Forest ecosystem composition, structure and function will be examined. This is an indoor activity.

  • Indoors
  • Science
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Kinesthetics

Hidden Colours of Leaves

Lesson Plans

Leaf pigments will be examined. This is an indoor activity.

  • Indoors
  • Science
  • Application
  • Communication

Exploring Ecosystems

Lesson Plans

Interactions of plants, animals and fungi in a forest ecosystem will be explored. This is an indoor activity.

  • Indoors
  • English/Language Arts
  • Science
  • Application
  • Outdoor Education
  • Writing

A Fine Balance

Fact Sheets

Students will participate in role playing in a public forum where decisions about forest harvesting will be debated. This is an indoor activity.

  • Indoors
  • Social Studies
  • Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking
  • Kinesthetics

Seed Sort

Lesson Plans

Students will collect, examine, and classify various seeds to determine their unique qualities. This is an indoor/outdoor activity.

  • Indoors
  • Outdoors
  • Fine Arts
  • Science
  • Application
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Outdoor Education

Change In Forest Ecosystems

Lesson Plans

The importance of fire in natural regeneration of certain boreal tree species will be examined. This is an indoor activity.

  • Indoors
  • English/Language Arts
  • Science
  • Application
  • Outdoor Education
  • Writing

Stumped

Lesson Plans

The importance of tree stumps and decaying logs to the forest community will be explored. This is an outdoor activity.

  • Outdoors
  • Science
  • Application
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Outdoor Education

Sweet Deal

Lesson Plans

How people use sugar maple trees to gather sap to make maple syrup will be explored.

  • Outdoors
  • Fine Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Application
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Numeracy
  • Outdoor Education

The Eco-Buddy System

Lesson Plans

Students will explore their own sense of community and demonstrate an awareness that animals and plants depend on their environment to meet their basic needs. This is an indoor/outdoor activity.

  • Indoors
  • Outdoors
  • Fine Arts
  • Health and PE
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Application
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Outdoor Education

Turning Over a New Leaf

Lesson Plans

Students will be introduced to forest biotechnology and they will establish a set of criteria to evaluate biotechnology activities. This is an indoor activity.

  • Indoors
  • Science
  • Application
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Numeracy
  • Writing

From Buds To Leaves

Lesson Plans

Students will discover and observe how buds will turn into leaves. This is an indoor activity.

  • Indoors
  • Fine Arts
  • Science
  • Application
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Outdoor Education

Let’s Look at Trees

Fact Sheets

Students will go on an outdoor adventure to compare the physical characteristics of trees, shrubs and other plants. This is an outdoor activity.

  • Outdoors
  • Fine Arts
  • Science
  • Application
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Outdoor Education

Energize A Tree

Lesson Plans

Factors which affect the growth of a plant will be investigated. This is an indoor activity.

  • Indoors
  • Math
  • Science
  • Application
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking

Forest Soils

Lesson Plans

The structure and formation of soils will be investigated. This is an indoor/outdoor activity.

  • Indoors
  • Outdoors
  • Science
  • Application
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Outdoor Education

The Urban Jungle

Lesson Plans

Students will discover and describe trees in the urban environment, while improving their observation skills and ability to gather data. This is an outdoor activity.

  • Outdoors
  • English/Language Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Application
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Numeracy
  • Outdoor Education
  • Writing