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MICHIGAN FORESTS FOREVER TEACHERS GUIDE

 


WELCOME
TO THE TEACHERS GUIDE
FOR THE MICHIGAN FORESTS FOREVER PROJECT!
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The MFF project is an effort to provide information for teachers and classrooms about forestry, especially concerning Michigan's forests.  There is a clear need to emphasize "forest management" material, simply because we could not find much "out there" on the topic and because a number of teachers have requested this sort of information.  More importantly, Michigan has nationally outstanding forests, a long history of forest management, and forests and forest industry is vital to our state (and not just in monetary terms).  Forestry is a marvelous topic for integrated education and using benchmarks from science, social studies, English language arts, and mathematics. 

The USE and MANAGEMENT of Michigan's forest is critical to the future well-being of not only Michigan residents, but is integrated to the health and well-being of North America and the rest of the world.  Good forestry provides some of the finest examples of "thinking globally and acting locally" that our State has to offer. 

We hope that the "Michigan Forests Forever" materials will be used state-wide in an effort to heighten the awareness among students about the vital connection between people and forests.  While it is true that "forests don't need people", it is equally true that "people need forests".  Without thoughtful planning and management, the demands we place on our forests will overwhelm the forest's natural ability to provide them. 

Finally, we hope the materials provide an easy-to-use, easy-to-understand, and easy-to-implement resource for the classroom.  Your suggestions are always welcome.


A Word About Images In This Website

Most (not all) graphs, charts, and pictures are represented by a "THUMBNAIL" image.  The thumbnail is a small representation of the full image.  If you "click" on the thumbnail, the full image will appear.  At teacher request, images rarely include descriptive text, and can be easily "copy-n-pasted" into most any software (handout, slide show, etc.).  The use of thumbnails allows web pages to load quicker into Internet browsers.  Users can choose which images they wish to see full size.  Most browsers will indicate that an image is a thumbnail by placing a blue border around it.  Most of the images are available for classroom and educational use without copyright infringement (see credits for more information on this). 


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Table of Contents (detailed with hyperlinks)
Michigan Curriculum Framework Matrix
Copyright page, as necessary, for material on this website
Michigan Forest Resource Alliance (MFRA): http://www.mfra.org
MSU Extension: http://forestry.msu.edu/extension & http://www.msue.msu.edu
Michigan Society of American Foresters:  http://forestry.msu.edu/msaf
Upper Peninsula Tree Identification Website:  http://forestry.msu.edu/uptreeid


Website Organization

This website was originally intended to support the Michigan Forests Forever CD ROM.   However, these CDs have become technologically obsolete.  Fortunately, the information within this website stands alone very well, as resource for teachers, students, and others interested in Michigan forests and forest management. 

There are six educational modules to this Teachers Guide (pre-test information, tree basics, environment, products, recreation, and balance) and four support modules (welcome page, references, benchmark matrix, glossary, index, and credits). Each page on this website provides links to each of these ten modules, plus links to the home page, table of contents, and credits.

Activity Suggestion
Forestry Exercise XYZ

The site is inter-linked in hundreds of ways, making the tool more useful.  Each page has a link box in the upper right-hand corner that links to each of the main portions of this website.  Additionally, watch for the "Activity Boxes" that link to content-specific activities and exercises suggestions.  Some suggestions are built into tables within the page, while most are listed in the Activity Boxes.

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MCF Benchmarks

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Lastly, an attempt has been made to connect content and activities within this website to the Michigan Curriculum Framework.   This Framework has also become obsolete with the Michigan Department of Education's new "Content Expectation".  Throughout these webpages, readers will see icons and coding that refer to subject areas and benchmarks that apply to a particular piece of the website.  For more information about these connections to the Michigan Curriculum Framework, link to the "Benchmark Tables" that cross-reference content with benchmarks from four subject areas (science, math, social studies, and English language arts).   It is certainly possible that applicable connections have been missed, so, suggestions and tips are welcome! 

As you use this website, you will most likely be able to make suggestions for content and activities.  You are also likely to find errors and typos.  PLEASE bring these to the attention of Bill Cook at cookwi@msu.edu or 906-786-1575.  When making a suggestion, please mention which page it applies to (right click on the page and note the filename.htm or look at the bottom of the page in question).  This site has been reviewed by teachers and natural resource managers, but input from more additional people is needed and will be welcome.  If you use information on this website to build curriculum or to manage your own forests, please drop Bill a note and let him know.  That sort of feedback will help justify the creation and maintenance of this educational project.

 

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MSUElogo.tif (16254 bytes) This website was developed and created by Michigan State University Extension for the teachers of the State of Michigan.  The website is maintained by the Delta-Schoolcraft Independent School District in support of the Michigan Forests Forever CD-ROM from the Michigan Forest Resource Alliance.

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Please provide comments to Bill Cook:  cookwi@msu.edu or 786-1575