Common Native Trees of Virginia

Common Native Trees of Virginia by the Virginia Department of Forestry
Grades: NA
Lexile Level: analyzed at 800L-900L

Selected because: 
Dichotomous key to common Virginia native trees (shrub version also available). Key refers to additional information about the trees, including size, habitat, structure, facts, and uses.

Suggested activities:
Identify trees in the schoolyard or collect specimens from home to ID. Non-native (exotic) trees will not be in the key, however after students become comfortable with using the key – perhaps they could make a key for their schoolyard.

Pair with Seeing Trees to give the technical vocabulary meaning.

Perhaps calculate “value” of the trees in terms of lumber or other values and uses, or even carbon sequestration.