Grant Updates

Ecosystems Grant Comes to a Close

May 15, 2020

PESI’s participation in the US Forest Service (USFS), Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management (AZDFFM) Arizona Community Challenge Ecosystems Grant is coming to a close.  The Ecosystems Grant has been such a wonderful experience for everyone involved. 

Many thanks to the US Forest Service (USFS), Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management (AZDFFM) and PESI for providing the wonderful tree lessons and funding that made the grant possible.  Special thanks to all our fabulous volunteers and instructors  Students and teachers are busy sending in their final reports and presentations.

Student Presentations

Anna E. Lawrence 3-8 School

Tucson Unified School District

                                  Mr. Anthony LaFreniere  7/8 Grade Science                                                       

Anna E. Lawrence 3-8 School teacher Mr. Anthony LaFreniere and students from his 7/8th grade science classes participated in the US Forest Service/Department of Forestry and Fire Management/PESI Ecosystems Grant. Below you will see some of the data they recorded from the Tree Lessons as well as student projects telling us about the importance and benefits of trees the students learned about during their investigations.

Trees are Cool!

Lesson 1 – Using a Thermometer Lab Sheet   

Students took ambient air temperatures in the sun and in the shade. They made a hypothesis for each area.    Look what they discovered!

 Concrete that is in full sun.

Hypothesis           Actual Temperature                                                                   

84*F                           100*F

Under the shade of a tree.

Hypothesis           Actual Temperature   

50*F                              64*F

 

Trees can cool the air temperature by as much as 36 degrees!

 

Tree inventory

Lesson 2 – Tree Inventory Lab Sheet

Students selected a tree to closely observe. They included information about the leaves. They used estimation skills to measure the trunk circumference and the tree height.

Tree
Leaf shape observation
Circumference
Height estimate
 
Acacia
vertically ascending
branches, with dropping
tips, giving it a vase-shaped upright, narrow profile
13 - 14  inches in diameter
13.3 to 19.7 Feet
 
         

It is smooth and Flat.  Acacia jennerae is an Australian import that takes its name from the town of Coonvittra in New South Wales, Australia where it grows native along creek banks and salt lakes. The trunk circumference is 0.35 meter measured at a height of 1.3 meters above the ground.  Tree height estimate is 16 to 20 feet.

 

 

 

Field Work

Timothy G., an eighth grade student at Lawrence, documented his field work in his science notebook.

Trees are Cool!                                  

Lesson 1 – Using a thermometer

 

 

 

Tree Inventory 

Lesson 2 – Tree Inventory    

 

 

 

 

 

Home/School Tree Inventory Questionnaire

 

The data Timothy entered will be added to the PESI Ecosystems Grant final report.  This data helps us understand the importance and benefits of trees in our neighborhoods.  It also helps us understand water conservation techniques being implemented by the people of Tucson.

 

 

 

 

 

Timothy’s Summary

 

 

 

Timothy’s final report details what he has learned about the benefits of trees.  I hope people reading his report take some of his wonderful ideas and put them to work in our schools!

 

 

 

 

 

Lawrence students prepared Power Point Presentations to summarize their learning!

 

Trees by Annette and Andrea 

 

 

Ecology Project by Destiney and Dallas

 

Thank you Mr. Anthony LaFreniere and Lawrence 3-8 School TUSD students for all your hard work and your participation in our Ecosystems Grant!

 

Blenman Elementary School

Tucson Unified School District

Mary Ortiz-Yslas  3rd Grade

Blenman Elementary School teacher Mary Ortiz-Yslas and students from her 3rd grade class participated in the US Forest Service/Department of Forestry and Fire Management/PESI Ecosystems Grant.  The students created Zoom Presentations telling us  important information about trees that the students learned about during their investigations.  You may need a tusd email account to access their work.

Ezekiel  3rd Grade

https://tusd1.zoom.us/rec/share/691sLLyo9zNOYbPP40vvQJV_Bon6aaa8hyUfqKAFyht_V0pn0ahvk9amck5DnBY-?startTime=1588353389000

Zoom Password: 4Z*m2%9s

Audrina  3rd Grade

Audrina
https://tusd1.zoom.us/rec/share/vd5qDJHz-GBLfLP32kT8XO0zEZ7oeaa8hHJNr6ZZzh70xjcKRz8NCKJ5xKEM42eq?startTime=1589227646000

Password: 8k*3=L$%

William  3rd Grade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

William
https://tusd1.zoom.us/rec/share/-uxuF5vixjlJTpXJ0h_yGYUIALrDeaa81iEeqPUMmU7ByFuv2LELtsq-bVcGlnxM?startTime=1589313844000

Password: 2p#5N.*i

 
William and Zeke both completed the Home/School Tree Inventory. 

 

Their data will be added to the PESI Ecosystems Grant final report.  This data helps us understand the importance and benefits of trees in our neighborhoods.  It also helps us understand water conservation techniques being implemented by the people of Tucson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you Mary Ortiz-Yslas and Blenman Elementary School TUSD students for all your hard work and your participation in our Ecosystems Grant!

 

 

Homer Davis Elementary School 

Flowing Wells School District

Danielle VanDerlaske 3rd Grade

Ecosystems Grant Project  

Hug a Tree!       by Arturo  3rd Grade

Neighborhood Forests Southwest Learning Guide

Lesson 1 – Trees are Cool!   

Arturo is measuring the air temperature

in full sun in a grassy area.

 

 

 

Lesson 2 – Tree Inventory     

Arturo demonstrates one way to measure

the circumference of a tree.

 

 

 

 

Arturo also documented information about trees in his neighborhood.

Tree

Leaf Shape Observations

Circumference

Height estimate

Plane

large leaf, pointed leaves, flexible

48”

20 feet

Mulga Acacia

pointed leaf, large, soft and very green

32″

12 feet

Thevetia

circle leaves, green, fast dry

32”

24 feet

 

Plant trees if you can!     by Malcolm H   3rd Grade

Trees will definitely help Tucson.

One, it’s Tucson,  it’s gonna be hot, and trees produce shade.

Secondly, trees produce oxygen, and the more oxygen we can get the better!

Lastly, trees are also fun to climb too. 

Not saying we should do a big project on it because we are in the middle of an  outbreak. sadly.    Mrs. V,  Can you post this online:

Plant trees if you can! 

Yes we can Malcolm, and we’ll even post it twice!

Plant trees if you can!

 

Tree project!!!   by Ulysses and Owen  3rd Grade

Thanks for watching the slideshow!

Thank you Danielle VanDerlaske and Homer Davis Elementary School FWSD students for all your hard work and your participation in our Ecosystems Grant!

 

Miller Elementary School

Tucson Unified School District

Ms. Karla Carmona 3rd Grade

Samantha  3rd Grade     Why Are Trees Important to Us?

 

              

 

 

 

 

 

Nayla  3rd Grade     Tree Diorama

 

Melissa  3rd Grade      Trees

 

Leila  3rd Grade        Life of a Tree

 

Karime  3rd Grade      Tree Diorama

Ivanna 3rd Grade      Why Trees are Important to Us

Isaiah  3rd Grade     Why Are Trees Important?

     

 

Isabella  3rd Grade    Tree Talk

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elianna   3rd Grade    Wonderful Trees

 

 

Anthany  3rd Grade     We Need Trees

 

Thank you Ms. Karla Carmona and Miller Elementary School TUSD students for all your hard work and your participation in our Ecosystems Grant!

 

Safford K-8 School

Tucson Unified School District

                                  Ms. Shania Grijalva  3rd Grade                                                         

Safford K-8 School teacher Ms. Shania Grijalva and students from her 3rd grade class participated in the US Forest Service/Department of Forestry and Fire Management/PESI Ecosystems Grant. Below you will see some of the student projects telling us about the importance and benefits of trees the students learned about during their investigations.

Alicia   3rd Grade     Do Trees Need Shade?

Fernanda   3rd Grade     The Give and Take of Trees

Thank you Ms. Shania Grijalva and Safford K-8  School TUSD students for all your hard work and your participation in our Ecosystems Grant!

 

Pistor Middle School

Tucson Unified School District

Ms. Sonia Marya  6th  Grade

Pistor Middle School teacher Ms. Sonia Marya and students from her 6th grade science classes participated in the US Forest Service/Department of Forestry and Fire Management/PESI Ecosystems Grant.   Below you will see pictures of Ms. Marya at the Ecosystems Workshop training,  Pistor students participating in the Ecosystems Grant Tree Lessons, and final student projects demonstrating the importance and benefits of trees that the students learned about during their investigations. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Several students collaborated with PESI Volunteers to create a science themed PowerPoint presentation to be shared with the neighborhood elementary school 5th graders at Pistor’s new student orientation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you Ms. Sonia Marya and Pistor Middle School TUSD students for all your hard work and your participation in our Ecosystems Grant!

 

PESI Awarded US Forestry Grant


 

 

 

March 1, 2019

 

Partners for Equitable Science Instruction (PESI) was awarded a US Forest Service (USFS), Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management (AZDFFM) Arizona Community Challenge Grant for $15,000.  The grant is titled Trees and Water Conservation in Schoolyard and Community Ecosystems.   It  will offer professional development workshops, designed by our very own PESI instructors, in collaboration with our Community Partners, Trees for Tucson and the Watershed Management Group.

Teachers will receive a DFFM Neighborhood Forests Southwest Guide book that provides a wealth of information about the benefits of trees, including several outdoor lessons for teachers to do with their students.  The workshops will cover current 3rd grade science kit curriculum, Arizona Science Standards and 3 Dimensions of Science, to help teachers build fundamental understanding for teaching the Structures of Life science kit in the classroom. 

Upon completion of the workshops, teachers will be required to teach two of the outdoor tree lessons with their students.  Students will then be asked to complete a Home/School Tree Inventory with their families.  Culminating student developed presentations and/or tree planting projects will demonstrate student understanding of the benefits of trees and water conservation for our communities.  In return, teachers will be awarded a stipend for their work, dedication and completion of all the required commitments of the Forestry Grant.  The grant deadline is March 30, 2020.