Massachusetts Tree Text Set

 
Massachusetts Tree Text Set Exploration
Teaching with Text Sets
(Cappiello & Dawes, Shell Education, 2013)

These digital resources are provided here to support teachers in our workshops and classes, and to be explored in conjunction with the children’s and young adult books and other digital texts featured in our tree unit in Teaching with Text Sets.

Sunburst Digital Resources

Rotting Logs

“Is There Life in a Decomposing Log?” Lesson, The National Zoo (great visual guides to take with you to examine a decomposing log)

“What Lurks in a Rotting Log,” Discover Magazine, August 2012

“Rotting Logs,” Newton Ask-A-Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory

Prescott, Lyle. 1997. “The Busy Life of a Rotting Log.” Ranger Rick, July.

General Tree Resources

Websites:
Electronic Field Trip: “Tree-Mendous Technology, “ Ball State University, Smithsonian

National Arbor Day Foundation

National Arbor Day Foundation Tree Identification Guide

What is a Tree? Earth Day Canada

Apps:
Leaf Snap (free)

Audubon Trees (North America)

Easy Measure (free)

SoilWeb (free)

Children’s Magazines
Note: To access these articles, you need to use one of the subscription databases paid for by your state. In Massachusetts, this is INFO TRAK, which you can find on your public library page and most likely your school library webpage.

“A Tree’s Life.” 2011. National Geographic Young Explorer, October.

Churchman, Deborah. 2004. “Amazing Trees.” Ranger Rick, June.

Cowan, Mary Morton. 2005. “Working the Woods.” Faces, September.  

Hoffman, Kate. 2010-2011. “Conifers.” Ranger Rick, December-January.

Goodsell, David. 2011. “Trees Lose Leaves – Why?” Fun for Kidz, September-October. 

Kelley, Stephanie. 2011. “Types of Trees.” Fun for Kidz, March-April.

“Looking at Leaves.” 2011. Click, September.

Manhein, Bhavani. 2008. “The Cedar: A Many Splendored Tree.” Skipping Stones, November-December. 
Ramaley, Shirley Ann. 2011. “Learning from Trees.” Fun for Kidz, March-April.  

Royer, Amber. 2011. “The Incredible Edible Tree.” Odyssey, April.

Siegelman, Sharon. 2004. “We Need Trees.” Weekly Reader—Edition K, April.

Sweeney, Debora and Judy Rounds. 2011. “Winter Birch Trees.” Arts & Activities, December.

Wetzel, Carol. 2011.“Why can Trees Live so Long?” Odyssey, April.

“Whose Leaf?” 2011. Click, September.

Massachusetts-Specific Tree Resources

Science
Harvard Forest

Harvard Forest Webcam

Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation

Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife

Mass ACORN

Massachusetts Forest Alliance

Family Forest Research Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Fact Sheet from Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management

Town of Lexington, MA Tree Inventory 2004-2010

MCTI- Mobile Community Tree Inventory

Program of the City of Cambridge, MA

History
Massachusetts Maps from the Massachusetts Historical Society: Maps of towns, cities, and counties in Massachusetts from 1637-1809.

“View from Mt. Holyoke” landscape painting by Thomas Cole, 1836 from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Digital Photographs of Cambridge from 1866-1984, from the Cambridge , Massachusetts Historical Society

Sketch of “The Village Smithy” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1840, from the Washington’s Headquarters –Longfellow National Historic Site & Maine Memory Network

Children’s Poetry: Digital Resources  

Children’s Poetry, Children’s Poet Laureate, The Poetry Foundation

Academy of American Poets

Craft Lesson: Interview with Joyce Sidman on Researching and Writing Science Poetry (Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow)

Tree Ring Digital Resources: Mangrove Trees

Sources from The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families

The Asahi Glass Foundation: Blue Planet Prize
Dr. Gordon Sato, 2005
http://www.af-info.or.jp/en/blueplanet/list.html

Manzanar Mangrove Initiative
http://www.tamu.edu/faculty/ccbn/dewitt/manzanar/default.htm

The Manzanar Project
http://themanzanarproject.com

Rolex Awards for Enterprise: Dr Gordon Sato
http://www.rolexawards.com/profiles/laureates/gordon_sato

“A Love of Science Breeds a Life of Humanity”
http://www.tamu.edu/faculty/ccbn/dewitt/manzanar/paccit1108.pdf

Reuters: Eritrea’s Mangroves Show Way to Fight Hunger
http://www.reuters.com/article/2008/05/21/idUSL19568436

Boston Globe: “Desert Saint”
http://www.boston.com/news/globe/magazine/articles/2004/11/14/desert_saint/?page=full

AFP: “Mangrove Project Creates Fish, Fire, and Hope”
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5ja9pehF0S9XTEWUtNQgLQuyA4h6g

New York Times: “A Drug’s Royalties May Ease Hunger”
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/07/business/business-a-drug-s-royalties-may-ease-hunger.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

Naturia: Mangrove Trees
http://www.naturia.per.sg/buloh/plants/mangrove_trees.htm

Manzanar Project: Eureka the Technique to Alleviate Poverty in the Barren Coast of Hergigo”
http://www.tamu.edu/faculty/ccbn/dewitt/manzanar/hargigo0608.pdf

National Geographic: 'Mangroves, Forests of the Tide”
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2007/02/mangroves/warne-text

A Novel Approach to Growing Mangroves on the Coastal Mud Flats of Eritrea with the Potential for Relieving Regional Poverty and Hunger
http://www.tamu.edu/faculty/ccbn/dewitt/manzanar/images/satowetlands07.pdf

Websites
NASA, Earth Observatory, 2011 Satellite Global Map of Mangrove Trees

Mangroves, Oceans for Youth Foundation

The Mangrove Action Project

Mangrove Trees, Estuary Adaptations, NOAA

Mangrove Tree, National Geographic

“Drama Amid Indonesia’s Disappearing Mangroves,” NPR

“Figi’s Mangroves, Coral, Under Assault,” NPR

“Let Them Eat Shrimp: The Tragic Disappearance of Rainforests of the Sea,” The Diane Rehm Show

“What are the Mangrove Trees Telling Us About the Texas Coast?” , State Impact/NPR

Solar System Biography Digital Resources: Wangari Maathai

Webpages
Wangari Maathai, The Green Belt Movement

Wangari Maathai Obituary, The New York Times

Wangari Maathai Obituary, The Guardian, London

“Wangari Maathai: Death of a Visionary,” The British Broadcasting Corporation

Wangari Maathai Biography, The Nobel Prize Official Site

“Taking Root” Documentary of Wangari Maathai

Wengari Maathai’s Nobel Lecture Excerpt, December 2004

NPR Interviews with Wangari Maathai

Children’s Magazines: 
Note: To access these articles, you need to use one of the subscription databases paid for by your state. In Massachusetts, this is INFO TRAK, which you can find on your public library page and most likely your school library webpage.

Ferrara, Jan.2011. “Wangari Maathai: Trees for Peace” Faces, February.

Creegan, Elizabeth. 2009. “Growing Trees for Kenya.” Highlights for Children, March.

Solar System Forest Biome Survey: Boreal, Temperate, Tropical

Webpages:
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations
Forests and Forestry, Times Topics, The New York Times
http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/news/science/topics/forests_and_forestry/index.html

US Forest Service, Ad Council: Discover the Forest

Forest Education Initiative

National Forest Foundation

US National Park Service Web Rangers

Sierra Club

US Department of Agriculture Forest Service Conservation Education

US Environmental Protection Agency “For Kids”

American Forests

Forest Guild

Northern Woodlands

Virtual Rain Forest, Michigan State University, Smithsonian Institute

The Rain Forest Alliance

Natural Resources Canada

Ontario’s Great Boreal Forest

Audubon Society

“Mummified Forest Found on Treeless Arctic Island”

Forest Webcams:
World Land Trust Tropical Forest webcams

Redwoods Camera, Save the Redwoods

Webcams, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

App:
Forest and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Forestry App (free)

Children’s Magazines
Note: To access these articles, you need to use one of the subscription databases paid for by your state. In Massachusetts, this is INFO TRAK, which you can find on your public library page and most likely your school library webpage.

Aplet, Greg and Evan Hierpe. 2011. “The Future of Forests.” Mother Earth News, June-July.

Bourne, Joel K. 2009. “Redwoods: The Super Trees.” National Geographic, October.

"Chestnut Trees Could Temper Climate Change." USA Today [Magazine] June 2010: 7. Junior Edition. 

Derr, Aron. 2010. “Rebuilding Years.” Boys’ Life, March.

Kelley, Stephanie. 2011. “King of the Trees.” Fun for Kidz, March/April.
“Life in a Tropical Rain Forest.” 2009. Weekly Reader—Edition 2, March.

Witze, Alexandra. 2011. “Rain Tips Balance between Forest and Savanna: Amount of Tree Cover can Shift Suddenly and Abruptly.” Science News, Nov 5, 2011.

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