Class will plant a sapling White Oak or White Pine near their school to celebrate and symbolize stewardship and reforestation of our forests.
Adapted from Project Plant It! By Dominion
Grade Level: 3 - 12
Review of topics from:
LS1.A, LS1.B, LS1.C; From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
LS2.A, LS2.B, LS2.C; Ecosystems, Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
Content Area: Science
Recommended Length/Duration: 30 minutes
Goals: Celebrate stewardship by participating in the reforestation effort in your town or school
- Select a sunny location with moist, well-drained soil. Get permission from your school or town before hand, and discuss why the site was chosen.
- IMPORTANT: Do not plant trees underneath or within 25 feet of an overhead power line. Do not plant trees on top of underground power, cable, phone, or gas lines. To ensure your safety, call 811 before you dig.
- Remove all weeds, grass and other debris from a 1-foot circle around the site. Demonstrate how the roots of even a small weed hold the soil in place. Discuss how much soil a large tree can hold.
- Dig a saucer-shaped hole 6 inches deep and break up any big chunks. Observe and share the types of soil components in the topsoil.
- Remove your seedling from its container
- Place the root plug just below the surface of the soil, so that the roots are completely covered. Make sure you do not plant the seedling too deep. About an inch of soil on top is plenty.
- Leave a small channel around the edges of the tree’s roots, like a moat, to collect water.
- Water the seedling and, if possible, cover your planting site with 2-3 inches of mulch.
- Do not let the mulch touch the tree. This helps keep disease away from the tree.
- Discuss as a class: the ways they have helped the environment. Remind the class of all the things a healthy forest does, like preventing erosion, gives us a renewable resource in wood, absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen, reduces pollution and greenhouse gasses, cleans water.
- Encourage the students (and the school) to water and monitor your seedling when it gets dry every week or two during the first year.
Health and care of the sapling, survival of the sapling
Sapling tree provided by LCMM
Suitable location for planting
For more lesson plans about tree planting see full Project Plant It! Curriculum from Dominion©