Forestry Lesson Plan

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about forestry. They will read, analyze and discuss and informational text that they will later use to create an original comic book about forestry.

Lesson Objectives

  • Describe different types of forest management
  • Cite text evidence when engaging in a collaborative discussion about forestry
  • Write a science fiction comic book about forestry

Curriculum Standards

MS-LS2-4. Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.


  • 60 minutes


Lesson Instructions

  • Ask the question, 'What the world be like without forests?' Students will turn and talk to discuss this question. Call on students to share out responses with the class.
  • Explain that today's lesson is about forestry, which is what keeps our forests alive. Review today's lesson objectives.
  • Distribute What is Forestry? Definition and Types to students.
  • Students will silently read the 'Returning to the Woods' section to themselves. Ask:
    • Why are forests important to the world?
    • What is forestry?
  • Students will continue reading the text. They will stop at the end of the 'Controlled Burn' section. Ask:
    • What does it mean to be sustainable?
    • What is reforestation?
    • What is the difference between even-aged and uneven-aged methods?
    • How do controlled burns help a forest?
  • Students will read the remainder of the text to themselves. Ask:
    • What is the difference between selective and reduced impact logging?
    • What are the three types of agroforestry in the text?
    • How is afforestation profitable?
  • Distribute the quiz to students. They will take the quiz independently. Review answers as a class.

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