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"How Big is Your Tree?", Project Learning Tree Pre K-8 Guide, Seventh Edition, page 239, Activity #67


Trees come in various shapes and sizes.  In this activity, students will measure trees in different ways and become familiar with the tree's structure.  They will also learn the importance of standard units of measure and measuring techniques.



How to make a height measurement stick (hypsometer)?
How to use a diameter-tape.
How are tree ages determined?
How many trees are too many?
What is "diameter breast height"?
Michigan Big Tree records (according the Michigan Botanical Society). 

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