Monkey is required to complete specific requirements to earn badges in Girl Scouts. This year, she worked toward earning the Communi-TREE patch. As she was completing the steps to earn the badge, I realized that the badge requirements were actually a tree unit study that the girls had to do.
You can use the same resources we did to complete your own tree unit study!
Tree Unit Study
Learn about the benefits of trees
We used this guide from Tree People to learn about some of the benefits of trees. Monkey selected six facts to report on for our study. We learned that trees clean the air, provide shade, prevent erosion, reduce climate change, produce oxygen, reduce pollution, and prevent water evaporation.
Find trees that grow well in your area
Learn the parts of a tree
Plant a tree
What Plants Produce the Most Oxygen?
This science experiment was authored and run entirely by my fourth grader.
- Small containers of similar size (How We Teach book from iHomeschool Network!
After an hour, we observed which leaves had the most bubbles. The maple leaf had the biggest bubbles, but the reddish mystery leaves from the bush had the most bubbles. The holly leaves and the mystery tree leaves had almost no bubbles. Through this experiment, Monkey determined that planting maple trees and the red-leafed bush would produce the most oxygen in any environment.
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