Becoming the world’s tallest trees
Place-based Elementary School (3rd-5th) Curriculum
This Elementary School redwood curriculum is built for students to explore questions surrounding the magical coast redwoods.
Key questions students will answer:
- Why do redwoods grow where they do?
- Why are redwoods the tallest living things on Earth?
Elements of the lesson to consider:
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- The class should work through 1-2 pages per day and use the graphic organizer to summarize what they learn.
- Have students record a “score” for how redwoods stack up to the competition with respect to survival.
- Have students create a classroom redwood journal where they develop their thoughts about the guiding question, create models about how redwoods function, or ask more questions they hope to discover.
- Audio readings are provided to front load the class before they read on their own or again as a group.
1. Ancient Ancestors
2. Growing in a Temperate Rainforest
3. The California Current
4. Towering Heights
5. Giant Trees, Strong Wood
6. Redwood Roots
7. Superhero Powers
- 3-LS4-3. Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
- 3-LS4-4. Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change.*
- 4-LS1-1. Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
- 4-LS1.A. Structure and Function Plants and animals have both internal and external structures that serve various functions in growth, survival, behavior, and reproduction.
- 4-ESS2-2. Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth’s features.
- 5-LS1-1. Support an argument that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water.
- 5-LS2-1. Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.