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For Educators and Children

Video: Sixth Graders in Action

Sixth graders learn about goldspotted oak borer (GSOB) and monitor oaks for GSOB at the Cuyamaca Outdoor School.

"Innovate 8: Students Collect scientific data at Camp Cuyamaca"
by CBS News 8 San Diego, San Diego, CA
3/2014 (Television Video Report)



Resources for Educators

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Goldspotted Oak Borer Curriculum, Grades 4 and 5 (PDF Download-Revised 4/2014)

This curriculum provides four lessons for students in Grades 4 and 5 on the goldspotted oak borer and oaks. The lesson packet includes teacher background reading, student reading and activities and meets science and Common Core Standards.Lessons cover GSOB life cycle, citizen science activity to collect field data, disruption of "transportation in trees," and oak community food webs. Developed by the San Diego Children and Nature Collaborative with support from CAL FIRE Urban Forestry.

Printable Activities

GSOB Acorn Maze - Help an acorn become an oak tree!

Hands-On Acorn Collection and Propagation Activity - Collect acorns in your area and learn how to plant them!

GSOB Crossword and Crossword Answer Key - Quiz yourself on your GSOB knowledge!

Oak Woodland Restoration and Wildlife - Acorn planting activity and wildlife that makes oaks their home!