Creating & Learning about the Wood Wide Web
In the school year of 21-22, after listening to several interviews with Dr. Suzanne Simard on her work with the mycorrhizal network (Wood Wide Web) and also reading her memoir called The Mother Tree, I was inspired to share this science with my elementary school students in the New Hartford Central School District, at one of the schools where I teach STEAM enrichment classes. This video describes how second-grade students from Bradley Elementary School participated in learning about the Wood Wide Web and then used their creative skills to make their own class model of a mycorrhizal network. It was a great experience for all to learn about how trees communicate with one another in the forest (with help from the Mother Tree), and how a student's contribution to a model creates an experiential learning activity that can have long-lasting effects on their understanding of science.
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