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How Big Is Your Tree (Adapted lesson of Project Learning Tree): In this activity, students will measure trees in different ways and become familiar with the tree’s scale and structure. They will also learn the importance of standard units of measurement and measuring techniques.
• Blank piece of paper
• Measuring tape or ruler or large ball of string
• Large sheet of paper
• Copy of student pages
• Ideal trees are in open spaces so students can measure the trees shadow
Doing the Activity:
Tree’s height = Students height x Tree’s shadow / Students shadow
If you have more than one student, have them compare their calculations. What might explain any differences?
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