Build-A-Tree is a drag-and-drop interactive where students are tasked with assembling a sugar maple tree across different seasons from a set of structures. Students may then attempt case studies where a problem with the tree must be linked to the structure affected. After completion of all of the seasons of the sugar maple tree, students may then assemble the annual life cycle of the tree through all four seasons. This interactive is a great way to introduce modeling of biological systems in the plant world.
In this lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 6-12, students use a free online science interactive to learn about the structures and substructures of a sugar maple tree. Students work in teams to identify a tree's parts and structures, predict how the tree will change throughout the seasons, and attempt case studies where a problem with the tree must be linked to the structure affected. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards. See more »