Pupils can take part in the urban tree survey with these curriculum-linked learning resources aimed at Key Stage 2 (ages 7–11).
Learners discuss different types of trees and their leaves before using a leaf chart to survey trees in their school grounds or local park. Back in the classroom they can upload their results to the Natural History Museum website and make a poster showing their results.
Teachers can use these lesson plans and activities as a complete unit of work in class, or select elements to adapt to other programmes of work. Learners can also carry out the survey activities at home, as homework or just for fun.
All the teaching resources are available here to download:
This introduction covers the aims of the urban tree survey and these learning resources. It includes a full list of links for both the 1999 curriculum and the incoming 2010 curriculum.
Introduction for teachers PDF (298.3 KB)
A 6-part series of suggested activities, including curriculum links.
Lesson plan: urban tree survey PDF (1.0 MB)
An introduction to the project from Bob Press, Associate Keeper of Botany at the Museum. It includes comprehension questions that can form the basis of an extension activity.
Letter from Bob Press, Museum botanist PDF (319.4 KB)
Photos of 15 common leaves listed by species or genus, for students to use while surveying.
Leaf chart PDF (719.4 KB)
A sheet for students to fill out while they do the survey.
Field survey recording sheet PDF (413.6 KB)
A letter to parents explaining the project and how to participate.
Letter to parents PDF (192.7 KB)