Why are Trees Out to Get You? – Distance Learning

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Trees…valuable, peaceful, inspiring presences that we celebrate and honor in our coexistence on Earth…right? Sure, but you may think twice when Veritasium shows you and your students how trees defy the laws of physics, accomplish things beyond the laws of nature, and wouldn’t hesitate to suck ou…

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Trees…valuable, peaceful, inspiring presences that we celebrate and honor in our coexistence on Earth…right? Sure, but you may think twice when Veritasium shows you and your students how trees defy the laws of physics, accomplish things beyond the laws of nature, and wouldn’t hesitate to suck out your life force if you were locked in a room together! In this YouTube video, Derek from Veritasium will explain two very unique capabilities of our leafy neighbors, and get students thinking about what other secrets trees are keeping.

Concepts: xylem, photosynthetic reactions, closed system, Johann Baptista van Helmholt and phloem

Suggested Teaching Methods:

•Pair students to watch and answer questions together.  

•Watch the video as a class, then assign questions as a follow-up activity.

•Assign each student a question(s) to answer and share.

•Use as a lesson plan for a substitute teacher.

•Utilize as an extra credit or homework activity for a related topic lesson.

Student Outcomes:

1. Students will understand how trees conduct water and what materials they are composed of.

2. Students will examine the cyclical relationship between trees and humans.

This lesson includes the cover page,  a link to a Veritasium YouTube video (10:07 in length), student response questions with an answer key, and an extension activity.

Format:

– Projectable full-screen size PDF for easy instruction.

– Fillable PDF for the paperless classroom or easy printing

– Video link embedded directly in guide

– Answer key included

Teaching Time

40 minutes

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Students using Chromebooks should download the free Chrome app DocHub.

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