After reading this book, children are taken outside on the playground and asked to lie down on towels in a big circle under the tree, so that their feet are toward the trunk and they can clearly observe the tree's canopy. Each child says a word that describes something about the tree. Record their responses.
"Pattern Leaves" Leaf cutouts in variety of colors can be glued on sentence strips to establish pattern. Extra loose leaves are supplied to have student manipulate the leaves to continue each pattern. (AB, ABB, ABC, AABB, ABA)
"Classifying Leaves" Students will collect different types of tree leaves from home. Once brought into class the class can be divided into groups with a variety of leaves to classify by color, shape, texture, size.
"Graphing Leaves" The students will do graphing activity noting most common, least common leaf and their orgin (tree family)
Exploring a cross section from a log to enable students to make connection that wood is beneath the tree's bark.
Learn about what a nursery is, where they get their trees, and what the workers do on their jobs to sustain the nursery
Trees cool the air.
Tree trap and filter dust, reducing pollution.
For wildlife trees are a source of food and shelter.
Trees produce foods, such as fruits and syrup.
Tees make our world beautiful by camouflaging unsightly things, producing blooms and adding color.
Trees give off oxygen to help us live!
Teacher draws a large tree and labels each part, "basement", "first floor" and "top floor" Students can name which animals might live on which floor of the tree hotel. e.g. worms and lizards live in the basement, raccoons, in the first floor, and squirrels the top.
"Bark Designs" Students use color rub to make impression of bark, with white paper and brown color. The student's art is added to the classroom paper tree. Whole group activity to discuss attributes of bark.
"Leaf patterns" can be painted green with green-tinted glue to add embellishment for veins. The art can be added to a classroom tree.
"Tiny Trees" Craft Project. Students will create their own table top trees by sponge painting the canopy part of the tree. The bark can be created by placing the pattern of the trunk on top of a piece of crumpled paper before coloring with the side of an unwrapped crayon.
Student experiment with colored water, leaves and vein pattern.