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LEAF Wisconsin K-12 Forestry Education


5th, 6th, 7th, 8th


Social Studies, English Language Arts

Resource Types

  • Lesson Plans, 90 minutes
  • Activity - Classroom
  • Games
  • Worksheets
  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Midwest, Wisconsin


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Lesson 4: Stewardship Close to Home

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  • In this lesson, students commit to one action they can take to be a forest steward and learn about organizations in Wisconsin that help protect urban forests.
  • Students play a game about stewardship, work in a group to research local, state, and national organizations, present their findings and create an "I can be a forest steward" poster.
Teaching Tips


  • This lesson emphasizes the importance of teamwork, especially when caring for the environment.
  • Students will be encouraged to take action in their communities.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This lesson is the fourth and final in the LEAF Urban Forest Lesson Guide 5th-8th Grade Unit. The prior lessons provide the necessary context. The first lesson introduces Urban Forests, the second discusses the benefits, and the third explores biodiversity and urban forest management.
  • The resource includes the lesson plan, background information, student worksheets, and links to related resources.
  • The Urban Tree Alliance link requires a username and password for access. Because of this, teachers should avoid assigning Slide 4 and break students into nine groups instead of 10 or provide a local group to research.


  • The lesson is specific to Wisconsin, but teachers can modify it for other states by substituting the provided organizations with ones local to that state.
  • The resource includes links to two additional lesson plans that can extend learning.
  • Teachers can display the "I can be a Forest Steward" posters in the school to inspire other students to take action.
  • Students can do the research and presentation individually or in a small group.
Scientist Notes
This resource from LEAF, Wisconsin’s K-12 Forestry Education Program, is a well-researched and thought-out lesson plan for 5th - 8th graders about environmental stewardship. The resource includes a lesson plan, activities, and materials for students and the teacher. It also provides background information and procedures for the lesson. This lesson plan also includes links for additional resources and worksheets. This resource is very well-sourced and contains up-to-date information and data. This resource is an excellent addition to a classroom discussion about environmental stewardship.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Social Studies
    • U.S. History: America in the World - Civics, Government, and Human Rights
      • 6.1.5.CivicsPI.1: Describe ways in which people benefit from and are challenged by working together, including through government, workplaces, voluntary organizations, and families.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.PI.5.4 Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
      • SL.PI.6.4 Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate speaking behaviors (e.g., eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation).
      • SL.PI.7.4 Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details, and examples; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
      • SL.PI.8.4 Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
    • Writing (K-12)
      • W.IW.5.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
      • W.AW.6.1 Write arguments on discipline-specific content (e.g., social studies, science, math, technical subjects, English/Language Arts) to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
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