Academic journal article Science Scope

Treecology

Academic journal article Science Scope

Treecology

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Treecology By Monica Russo. $15.99. 128 pp. Chicago Review Press. Chicago, IL. 2016. ISBN: 9781613733967.

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Trees are a vital part of life in environments all over the world, and yet many people don't realize how they impact us. This well-crafted book will help readers learn why trees are important, how they grow, where they are found, and how they differ from one another.

With basic information relating the parts of a tree to the design and structure of a leaf, the author suggests a variety of activities--which involve collecting, rubbing, pressing, and preserving leaves. Students learn to examine bark and lichens that grow on different families of trees. A particularly fascinating section of the book introduces ecology. From the litter on the forest floor to the canopies of the trees, students are given an opportunity to consider the variety of animals that inhabit woodland ecosystems. The book encourages students to create a forest logbook, imagine what it would be like to be a forest animal, and paint bark with a sugary solution to attract moths. There are even activities designed to be done in winter. …

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