Educational Resources

Age Levels:
ES = Elementary School
MS=Middle School
T=Teacher
A=Adult

Title and Description
Type
Age Level

American Chestnut Learning Box
The American Chestnut Learning Box is a hands-on learning tool developed by the Maryland Chapter of TACF to share the American chestnut story with people of all ages. The Learning Box includes nuts, burs and leaves from American and Chinese chestnut trees, a chestnut “tree cookie” (tree ring slice), five different types of wood blocks, and chestnut tree sections showing inoculation sites and chestnut blight. Explanatory pages keyed to each of these samples are included in a binder.  In addition, curriculum resources for teachers are included in printed form and on accompanying CDs. It is a wonderful tool for giving presentations at nature centers, schools, and community organizations.

Active
MS, HS, A

Charlie Chestnut
Developed by The New York Chapter of TACF, the Charlie Chestnut Environmental Education Program is an online interactive program that integrates math, science, and social studies into a comprehensive and flexible curriculum of hands-on activities based upon the saga of the American chestnut tree. (see below for curriculum)

Active
ES, MS

Charlie Chestnut Curriculum Manual
Companion curriculum to the online Charlie Chestnut program. Includes workshops and lesson plans.

Active
ES, MS

Carroll County Schools Curriculum
Units cover the American chestnut story (6th grade), Life Science (7th grade), Earth Science (8th grade), Biology (high school), Ecology (high school), and Science Research (high school). This curriculum is included with The American Chestnut Learning Box on a CD.

Active
MS, HS, T

American Chestnut Loaner Lab
Download the teacher's manual for the Chestnut Tree Lab. Loaner Lab kits made available to Maryland schools at no cost. A model for a national package to meet technology SOLs along with teaching chestnut science.

Active
HS, T

The American Chestnut Video by Thomas Nassif
An 18 minute video that tells the story of the chestnut and TACF, documents controlled pollination and shows the basics of hypovirulence.

Static
MS, HS, A

The Legend of the American Chestnut Tree
A captivating story about one of America's greatest trees by Kirby Carmack & Nicole Rodriguez. Illustrations by Michael Torres.

Static
ES

Compass Magazine, Issue 1
A great resource for classroom use with good photos and basic information along with an introduction to some advanced scientific work.

Static
MS, HS, A

From the Woods Chestnut Brochure
4-page, full-color publication tells the history of American chestnut, the blight that wiped it out, and research on blight resistant chestnut trees. It is part of an educational series for youth (2004).

Static
MS

Meadowview Farms Website
Science resources, including slideshows for various audiences prepared by TACF Chief Scientist Dr. Fred Hebard.

Background
HS, A

Chestnut Growers Website
Everything a chestnut grower needs to know and much more, including back issues of the TACF Journal and other publications in PDF format.

Background
HS, A

Link to Additional Educational Resources