The Impacts of Climate Change on Maple Trees

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this activity, learners will:
  • Identify and explain the purpose of the biological structures within a maple tree
  • Interpret scatter plots to support arguments about sweet water production
  • Draw conclusions regarding the impact of climate change on maple trees and the production of sweet water

Curriculum Connections

Grade 7 History: New France and British North America, 1713–1800 (A2.7, A3.5)
Grade 7 Geography: Physical Patterns in a Changing World (A1.1, A1.2, A1.4, A2.1, A2.2, A2.6, A3.10)
  • Natural Resources Around The World: Use and Sustainability (B3.2, B3.4)
Grade 8 History: Canada, 1890–1914: A Changing Society (B2.6, B2.7)
Grade 8 Geography: Global Settlement: Patterns and Sustainability (A3.6)

Length of Activity

180 minutes

Materials List

  • Internet-enabled device
  • Cross-section of a maple tree or digital image
  • Sugar Maple Trees Have Nowhere To Go Under Climate Change Article
  • Maple sugar videos
  • Drawing/crafting materials (pencil crayons, pens, paper, modelling clay, etc.)
  • Finding the sweet spot: Shifting optimal climate for maple syrup production in North America Journal Article
  • Maple tree tapping materials

Online Lesson Format