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Authors

Robert I. McDonald, Tanushree Biswas

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Economics, Civics, Justice, Health

Resource Type

  • Scientific Papers or Reports

Regional Focus

North America, United States

The Tree Cover and Temperature Disparity in US Urbanized Areas: Quantifying the Association with Income Across 5,723 Communities

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Synopsis
  • This scientific paper presents original research on the connections between tree cover and other variables in various urban locations around the United States.
  • Students will learn about the significant correlations that exist between tree cover and summer temperatures, population density, income level, and race/ethnicity.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • Students will learn about the tree disparity that exists between wealthy white communities and lower-income non-white communities.
  • The paper includes maps, graphs, and data tables. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • It would be beneficial for students to understand the process of writing a scientific paper and applying the scientific method.
  • Background experience reading scientific papers would be helpful.

Differentiation

  • Cross-curricular connections could be made with social studies, biology, history, geography, math, and economics.
  • Statistics classes could read the statistical analysis section of the paper to see how statistics can be used in scientific papers.
Scientist Notes
This resource will deepen students' understanding of tree disparity among the low-income and high-income population blocks in the USA, especially in the northeastern part of the USA where the population is disproportionately impacted by climate change impact due to increased deforestation. The resource is suitable, valid, and recommended for teaching.
Standards

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

  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • RST.9-10.10 By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
      • RST.11-12.10 By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
  • Social Studies
    • U.S. History: America in the World - Geography, People, and the Environment
      • 6.1.12.GeoHE.5.a: Generate/make an evidence-based argument regarding the impact of rapid urbanization on the environment and on the quality of life in cities.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-3. Create a computational simulation to illustrate the relationships among the management of natural resources, the sustainability of human populations, and biodiversity.
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