Greenbrier Middle School recently welcomed a representative from the Arkansas Forestry Association to speak to students.

Director of Education for the Arkansas Forestry Association, Rob Beadel, met with sixth grade science students to talk about the needs of plants and how they are met using xylem and phloem.

They also discussed the completion that occurs among plants and how that affects the growth of a tree.

Students were able to look closely at tree cookies of various ages and sizes, then they pretended to be trees through an enriching activity and were able to make a connection with what was discussed to the real world through this application activity.

The students walked away understanding that not only do animals compete for resources, but that plants do as well and saw competition for resources does have an affect on growth and overall health of a tree.