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Part 1 – Choose a location in New York State where you’d like to plant an apple orchard 

Part 2 – Review growing needs for apple tree varieties

Part 3 – Gather data from provided MS Excel files or from the source

Part 4 – Review historical climate data

Part 5 – Review predicted climate data

Part 6 - Choose apple trees for your 2050 orchard

For each part have students fill out the corresponding student worksheet. This will aid the thought and organization process.

Note – For an older classroom, MS Excel Data may be provided and students can create their own graphs for interpretation.

Part 1 — Choose a location in New York State where you’d like to plant an apple orchard

  1. Using a State map, choose a location where you’d like to create a orchard within New York State. The data provided are for a city/county within the Hudson Valley, Champlain Valley or along the southern shore of Lake Ontario, choosing a location in one of these locations would make the activity less complex.

Note: To challenge students have them choose a location where apples are not grown and use the provided data to decide if apples will begin to grow more successfully there in 2050.

Part 2 — Review Growing Needs for Apple Tree varieties

  1. Give students access to the file named student_factsheet.pdf  and student_worksheet.docx.
  2. Have them read and review the information in the apple fact sheet. They may use it as a reference throughout the activity.  Additional information could be used from the New York State Apple Growers Association: Fast Facts on Apple Production in the state:
  3. While they read the fact sheet or after they’ve finished it have them fill in any data they find that is required in the student worksheet or they feel is important to their design.

Part 3 — Gather Data from Provided Resources

  1. For Students who have access to a computer and access to the Internet, have students locate their own data from the source.
    1. Data viewing on the Web: Have students follow the Northeast Climate Data tutorial and log on to the web site to access Historical and Modeled climate data for New York State
    2. Data in MS Excel students can be manipulated (internet not required): Have students open the provided MS Excel files for each climate variable
  2. For Students who may be younger or do not have access to the internet, give students access to the
    data for students.ppt file, that includes the data for each climate factor.  

Part 4 – Review Historical Climate Data

  1. Using the data students have acquired, have them fill out any historical data they need for their orchard design in the student worksheet. Direct them to think about what climate factors they want to consider and compare for the future. They may use the Case Study example sheet as an additional guide if the teacher wishes.

Part 5 — Review Predicted Climate Data

  1. Provide student access to the Northeast climate data website or the data for students.ppt file to review predicted changes in climate variables for the middle of the 21st century. The student worksheet should be used as a guide and filled in as they go. They may use the Case Study example sheet as an additional guide if the teacher wishes.

Part 6 — Choose Apple trees for your 2050 Orchard

  1. Using the climate data that the students found, have them choose new apple varieties for their orchards. They should use the data from the fact sheet and climate data sources as a reference to justify why they chose the apples they did.
  2. Have students discuss their findings and how their apple choices changed from what is popular in New York State now. Teachers may choose to use the provided discussion questions at the end of the student worksheet or use their own.