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Tree observations & research

Tree observations & research


In class you observed a branch with leaves and/or needles from a tree.  Your observations should include colors, textures, measurements of the leaf, and other features you may have noticed during your observation.  You should also have a detailed drawing from your observation.  

Often scientists develop questions as they make observations. During your observation you should have generated several questions that you want to find out about your tree. 

How do scientists find answers to questions? way is to do RESEARCH

What is "research" and how is "research" done? 

........this activity will help you to answer this question, by beginning to research like scientists!!! 


Using the websites below try to find the answers to your questions.  Your goal is to look for information that may explain or answer your questions about the tree.  Remember, often researching questions leads to additional questions that will need to be explained, so make sure to research them too!

We always begin searching for information from our library website, here is a quick link to get you started. Make sure to check out the online encyclopedias, as they have information on the trees observed in class.

Eagle Hill Middle School Library Online Resources

Other websites include:

United States Department of Agriculture Nature Resources Conservation Service.  On this website you can type in the name of your tree in the left margin.  This website is full of information, so remember to be looking for the answer to your questions.

Herbarium: University of Wisconsin at Green Bay This is a great website that offer several photos from the different parts of the tree, along with information.

USDA -Forest Service This wesite is the US Forest Service.  Just type the name of the tree in the search bar and then open the first link that appears. 

Citing your sources:

Make sure to cite your sources using the MLA format. Here's a link on how to do this...

Citing your sources
















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    docx Tree Activity-Beginning to research like scientists (docx file - 16 KB)
    This is the activity we started in class on 9/12, when you observed, questioned, and sketched a branch from a tree.

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