Forests Ontario

Resources: Lesson Plans

Life As A Tree

Grade 1 to Grade 3

Students will learn about the significance and function of tree rings, cambium and heartwood and later use this knowledge to create their own model of their “life as a tree” to share with classmates. This is an indoor activity.

  • Lesson Plans
  • Indoors
  • Science

Tree Keys

Grade 5 to Grade 8

Students will develop the observation and classification skills necessary to identify trees by developing tree identification keys. This is an indoor/outdoor activity.

  • Lesson Plans
  • Indoors/Outdoors
  • biology
  • Science
  • classification
  • Observation

Urban Forests and the Emerald Ash Borer

Grade 5 to Grade 8

This lesson plan is an introduction to the benefits provided by urban forests and what makes an urban forest healthy. It explores issues of biodiversity and invasive species. Using the example of EAB, we will learn about the effect of invasive species on the urban forest and what we can do about it. This is an indoor/outdoor activity.

  • Lesson Plans
  • Indoors/Outdoors
  • biology
  • Geography
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Application
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking

Forest Soundscape

Junior to Grade 3

Students will be able to connect with the world around them to express themselves musically, as well broaden their personal definition of what music encompasses. This is an indoor activity.

  • Lesson Plans
  • Indoors
  • English/Language Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • Communication
  • Reading

The Success of Tree Seeds

Grade 4 to Grade 6

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.

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

A Forest of Music

Junior to Grade 3

Students will learn about the importance of trees in Aboriginal culture and create short compositions using tree parts as instruments.

  • Lesson Plans
  • Indoors
  • Outdoors
  • Fine Arts
  • Collaboration
  • Communication

Your Natural History

Grade 4 to Grade 6

Students will research and discover the forest history of their region. This is an indoor activity.

  • Lesson Plans
  • Indoors
  • English/Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Communication
  • Reading
  • Writing

Drawing the Seasons

Grade 4 to Grade 10

Students will explore seasonal changes in nature through art. This is an outdoor activity.

  • Lesson Plans
  • Outdoors
  • Fine Arts
  • Communication
  • Writing

Consumption of Wood Products

Grade 7 to Grade 10

Students explore the idea of manufacturing, consumption and product lifecycle specifically looking at the usage of every day wood products.

  • Lesson Plans
  • Indoors
  • Social Studies
  • Communication

A Tree In A Forest

Junior to Grade 6

This is a cross-curricular language/science lesson which incorporates reading and writing to learn about the life cycle of trees and how they interact with their surroundings.

  • Lesson Plans
  • Indoors
  • English/Language Arts
  • Science
  • Application
  • Reading
  • Writing