My Favorite Tree Scrapbook

screencap of FCIT Tree Distribution Maps

Resource: Florida Tree Distribution Maps


Using the tree distribution map, students will choose a favorite tree from the list and do library research concerning average height, lifespan, water needs, etc. Students will also find out what type of environment it needs to grow. Finally, students will make a scrapbook of a particular tree's life. The student (or group) must decide what year this tree was born and detail events in its life (did an unexpected frost hit it during its years, a fire, etc.) The scrapbook should be anywhere from 4 - 12 pages long and needs to include pictures or drawings of the tree.

Standards this activity addresses:

Grades 9-12 (1996 Standards)
Strand D - Processes that Shape the Earth
2. The student understands the need for protection of the natural systems on Earth. (SC.D.2.4) BM 1
Strand F - Processes of Life
1. The student describes patterns of structure and function in living things. (SC.F.1.4) BM 2, 7
Strand G - How Living Things Interact With Their Environment
1. The student understands the competitive, interdependent, cyclic nature of living things in the environment. (SC.G.1.4) BM 1
2. The student understands the consequences of using limited natural resources. (SC.G.2.4) BM 2, 4, 6
Strand H - The Nature of Science
1. The student uses the scientific processes and habits of mind to solve problems. (SC.H.1.4) BM 1, 7
Grades 9-12 (2008 Standards)
Body of Knowledge:
Nature of Science
Standard 4 - Science and Society SC.912.N.4.1, N.4.2
Life Science
Standard 14 - Organization and Development of Living Organisms SC.912.L.14.7
Standard 17 - Interdependence SC.912.L.17.1, L.17.4, L.17.8, L.17.12, L.17.15, L.17.18 - L.17.20
Reading/Language Arts
Strand: Communication
Standard 2: Listening and Speaking LA.910.5.2.2, LA.910.5.2.5
Strand: Information and Media Literacy
Standard 2: Research Process LA.910.6.2.3
Standard 3: Media Literacy LA.910.6.3.3