Measuring Trees


Measure the height, diameter, and circumference of trees in a forest. Count growth rings to determine the age of each tree. Grow the trees for several years and investigate how growth is affected by precipitation.

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Measure the height, diameter, and circumference of a tree.
  • Determine a tree's age by counting growth rings.
  • Determine how precipitation affects the growth of a tree.
  • Determine how growth changes as a tree ages. (Extension)

VOCABULARY:

  • circumference, cross section, diameter, drought, growth ring, precipitation

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User Recommendations (4):

  • avatar
    I would recommend this Gizmo to a teacher teaching measurement. This Gizmo allow students to grow trees for over several years.

    Recommended For:  Middle School Life Science, Middle School Physical Science

    By: Gizmo User from Georgia

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    Now you have your own time machine... for measuring trees!

    Recommended For:  4th Grade, 5th Grade, 9th Grade Math

    By: Gizmo User from International, unspecified

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    Great little activity to show how amount of rainfall affects the growth of a tree. Interesting to see the cross section of the trunk!

    Recommended For:  5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade Science

    By: Gizmo User from International, unspecified

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    This Gizmo as a great cross-curricular activity that links measurement with growth conditions and with finding tree circumference!

    Recommended For:  5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade Math

    By: Gizmo User from Virginia

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