During Summer, teachers have a variety of activities to use, increasing in order of difficulty.

See links for further images and information to supplement the activities.

Ask students to observe an oak tree in the field. Are there any flowers present? At which reproductive stage are the flowers? (pollen, fertilisation..) Note any signs of insect damage on buds and leaves.

In the classroom, draw a flowering twig; label pistillate (female) and staminate (male) flowers. Diagram 1; diagram 2.

For example, Diagram 2

Survey of ground flora species using quadrats or transects in tree canopy area; could compare to data from Spring or data for different locations/countries. Discuss reasons for differences.

Invertebrate sampling in tree microhabitats e.g., using tree shaking, pitfall traps, litter sampling and timed observations of bark habitat. See Field Studies Council sampling guide. Compare the abundance or biomass for different microhabitats and discuss the differences. Preserving samples will allow for further study.

Identify the invertebrates in samples to order and compare community composition for microhabitats. Discuss – why are leaf habitats dominated by bugs and leaf litter by beetles and springtails, for example? See OPAL Invertebrate ID guide for more information on what you are most likely to find during an OPAL survey: insects, arachnids, molluscs, myriapods and crustaceans, and further activities and facts.

Other ideas for year-round observation

Students select a live twig on a particular tree to label, allowing them to return and observe the same twig each season

Students remove a bud from a tree every 2 months; buds are carefully dried and, once the collection is complete, arranged chronologically and displayed on a board.

Cover photo: By Shenandoah National Park from Virginia – Sunshine Through an Oak Tree, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=62022719

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

Proposing teachers

Levels

Upper primaryEarly secondary

Type of activity

Observation, mathematics, art, science, experiment design

Key competences

Critical thinkingCreativityCollaboration

List of species

Oak

Software needed

AppGeomapOther: Other

Activity Files

Activity Urls

Had been tested?

Yes

Email and contact

No details

Time required

Varied activities for lessons over the season

Summer, teachers have a variety of activities to use, increasing in order of difficulty. See links for further images and information to supplement the activities. Ask students to observe an oak tree in the field. Are there any flowers present? At which reproductive stage are the flowers? (pollen, fertilisation..) Note any signs of insect damage on buds and leaves. In the classroom, draw a flowering twig; label pistillate (female) and staminate (male) flowers. Diagram 1; diagram 2. For example, Diagram 2 Survey of ground flora species using quadrats or transects in tree canopy area; could compare to data from Spring or data for different locations/countries. Discuss reasons for differences. Invertebrate sampling in tree microhabitats e.g., using tree shaking, pitfall traps, litter sampling and timed observations of bark habitat. See Field Studies Council sampling guide. Compare the abundance or biomass for different microhabitats and discuss the differences. Preserving samples will allow for further study. Identify the invertebrates in samples to order and compare community composition for microhabitats. Discuss – why are leaf habitats dominated by bugs and leaf litter by beetles and springtails, for example? See OPAL Invertebrate ID guide for more information on what you are most likely to find during an OPAL survey: insects, arachnids, molluscs, myriapods and crustaceans, and further activities and facts. Other ideas for year-round observation Students select a live twig on a particular tree to label, allowing them to return and observe the same twig each season Students remove a bud from a tree every 2 months; buds are carefully dried and, once the collection is complete, arranged chronologically and displayed on a board. Cover photo: By Shenandoah National Park from Virginia - Sunshine Through an Oak Tree, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=62022719 &country=United Kingdom &teachers= &students=Upper primary, Early secondary, &language=English &key_competences=Critical thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, &type_of_activity=Observation, mathematics, art, science, experiment design &key_competences=Critical thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, &software=App, Geomap, Other: Other, &species=Oak, &impact= &title=Oak activities for Summer &files1=https://www.phenologit.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Oak-activities-for-Summer.docx &files2= &files3= &urls1=https://www.field-studies-council.org/darwins-footsteps/documents/Sampling%20techniques.pdf &urls2=https://www.opalexplorenature.org/sites/default/files/7/image/Invertebrates%2520guide-%2520UPDATED%2520FINAL.pdf &urls3= &tested=Yes &email=No details ">Download as PDF

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