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Teacher Resources

Georgia Forests: Virtual Learning Journey is a free classroom resource designed to teach students about forest ecosystems, food webs, and life cycles, as well as forestry management processes, career opportunities, and much more. Georgia educators served as consultants on the project to ensure proper alignment to Georgia standards and to provide guidance on instructional best practices. These support materials were designed for teachers by teachers to further explore concepts presented in the virtual journey.

 User Guide

Section 1: What Is a Forest?
Section 1 Vocabulary
Georgia Regions Blank Map
Georgia Regions Map Checkpoint
Georgia Regions Map Organizer
How to Read Tree Rings Activity Worksheet
How to Read Tree Rings Activity (Teacher Key)
Plant and Animal Cell Diagram
Plant and Animal Cell Diagram (Teacher Key)
Plant and Animal Cell Quiz

Section 2: Working Forests
Section 2 Vocabulary
Measuring Forests Activity
Measuring Forests Activity (Teacher Key)
Prescribed Fire Activity
Prescribed Fire Activity (Teacher Key)

Section 3: Forestry and Me
Section 3 Vocabulary
Carbon Cycle Activity
Carbon Cycle Activity (Teacher Key)
Explore the Forest Activity
Explore the Forest Activity (Teacher Key)
Forest Health Tips
Physical vs Chemical Change Activity
Physical vs Chemical Change Activity (Teacher Key)

STEAM Challenges

The field of forestry uses science, technology, engineering, art, and math to solve problems and so can your students. The documents below will provide instructions on how to get started on five STEAM challenges related to the virtual journey.

STEAM Challenge #1: The Food Chain Lantern Festival

Students can join the parade by creating a lantern that models the role of producers, consumers, and decomposers to shed light on the flow of energy within a forest.

STEAM Challenge #1 Student Guide
STEAM Challenge #1 Teacher Guide

STEAM Challenge #2: Wood You Believe How Much We Need Trees!

Students can take on the role of an environmental scientist to investigate how and why it is important to conserve and use sustainable practices in forestry.

STEAM Challenge #2 Student Guide
STEAM Challenge #2 Teacher Guide

STEAM Challenge #3: Welcome to My Neck of the Woods!

Students can explore the different geographical regions in Georgia to discover the plants and animals that live in their neck of the woods.

STEAM Challenge #3 Student Guide
STEAM Challenge #3 Teacher Guide

STEAM Challenge #4: The Importance of the Gopher Tortoise

Students can be an advocate for Georgia’s official state reptile. The gopher tortoise is considered a keystone species, meaning they are a species on which other animals depend, and they need help to protect the biodiversity in our forest ecosystems.

STEAM Challenge #4 Student Guide
STEAM Challenge #4 Teacher Guide

STEAM Challenge # 5: The Game of Life

Students can examine the game of life by designing their own adventure. They spin the wheel to learn about plant and animal cells and how good and bad microorganisms play a role in the game.

STEAM Challenge #5 Student Guide
STEAM Challenge #5 Teacher Guide