A Forest in the City is a tool for children, parents and educators. Consider using it to talk about urban and environmental issues, making art, writing poetry, and maybe even a thank-you note to your favourite trees!
Did you know?
- Every day a mature tree creates enough oxygen for four people to breathe.
- Tree leaves capture and trap dirt and chemicals, improving people’s health and reducing pollution.
- Trees make our city cooler by adding moisture to the air and creating shade.
- The average city street tree lives only seven years.
- A mature tree needs three dumptrucks full of good fertile soil to grow big and strong.
- Trees help cities save money by fighting climate change, cutting down on energy use and improving people’s physical and mental health.
- Trees improve road safety because streets appear more narrow and drivers slow down.
- Having a view of trees reduces depression and stress and makes people happy!
I’m collaborating with Groundwood Books and climate-change–fighting organization Grand Trees on a campaign to get people talking, writing and sharing their love of city trees. Post on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #notetoatree to see what others are saying about the urban forest.
For the classroom
Discussion questions and tons of ideas for talking about trees and the urban forest in schools!
A Forest in the City has many strong curriculum connections. Common Core connections are available on the teacher resource download.
Science & Technology
- Grade 1, Understanding life systems (needs and characteristics of living things), Understanding Earth & Space systems (daily and seasonal changes)
- Grade 2 Understanding Earth & Space systems (air and water in the environment)
- Grade 3 Understanding life systems (growth and changes in plants), Understanding Earth & Space systems (soils in the environment)
- Grade 4 Understanding life systems (habitats and communities)
- Grade 5 Understanding Earth & Space systems (conservation of energy and resources)
- Grade 6 Understanding life systems (biodiversity)
- Grade 7 Understanding life systems (interactions in the environment)
People & environments
- Grade 1: the local community
- Grade 7: physical patterns in a changing world, Natural resources around the world: use and sustainability
Heritage & identity
- Grade 3: communities in Canada 1780-1850
- Grade 4: early societies
- Grade 5: interactions of indigenous people and Europeans
- Grade 6: Communities in Canada, past and present