This year, Arborjet invites middle school teachers and students across America to celebrate National Arbor Day on April 25th with its new, free "Let's Root for the Trees!" Middle School Curriculum Program.
During the engaging and easy-to-implement 45-minute lesson, students will learn about tree health, how to identify trees, and about treatments developed by scientists and researchers to keep America's trees safe from invasive and destructive tree pests such as the Emerald Ash Borer.
The "Let's Root for the Trees!" Curriculum for Grades 6 - 8 adheres to Common Core State Standards and inclues:
A 45-minute lesson plan for teachers
A non-fiction reading passage - "Tiny Pest Causes a Big Problem"
Class work and written response worksheets
An interactive homework assignment
Teacher answer key, writing samples and grading rubric
The learning continues outside of the classroom as well with Arborjet's "Let's Root for the Trees!" Arbor Day Photo and Essay Contest. Students are encouraged to submit a brief essay about a tree that is special to them - a tree they've planted or played in, or one they admire - along with a photo of that special tree by May 26, 2014 for a chance to win an iPad, and one for their class too! Contest rules and entry submission information can be found here.
Arborjet's "Let's Root for the Trees!" Curriculum Program is the latest in a number of initiatives the company has undertaken in its quest to help successfully preserve and protect the country's urban and natural forests; one that industry leaders wholeheartedly support as well.
"TCIA is committed to the tree care industry and to the future of arboriculture," said Tchukki Andersen, TCIA (Tree Care Industry Association) Staff Arborist. "Educating students is a great way to ensure that both future tree workers and tree owners understand the importance of proper tree care. TCIA commends Arborjet for taking the initiative to build a middle school curriculum to celebrate Arbor Day!"