Arbor Day Lesson Plan

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

Educate your students about Arbor Day with this lesson plan. They will study a text lesson, take an accompanying follow-up quiz, and participate in four activities to reinforce material that is newly learned.

Learning Objectives

After studying this lesson, your students will be able to:

  • Describe how the goal of Arbor Day has changed over the years
  • Explain the concepts of deforestation and reforestation
  • Name some of the reasons that Arbor Day began


1.5 - 2.0 hours


Key Vocabulary

  • Caroline Morton
  • Conservation
  • Deforestation
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Great Plains
  • J. Sterling Morton
  • Nebraska
  • Reforestation

Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.


Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.


Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.

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