It’s a Goopy Mess When Pines and Beetles Duke it Out

A few tiny western pine beetles bring down giant ponderosa pine trees every year. Learn about the battle between the pines and beetles and how each attempts to control the other. A 4-D video of the process comprises part of a larger series exploring biology.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Discuss why a standing dead tree poses less of a fire hazard than a dead tree that has fallen
  • Highlight the differences between sap and resin
Classroom Considerations
  • Content ends at 3:53 with the remainder of the video containing an advertisement
Pros
  • Links to many great resources about beetles, pine trees, and invasive species
  • Offers closed captioning for English learners
Cons
  • None