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"Tremendous Trees" Multidisciplinary Unit on Trees and Leaves by Mind Map: "Tremendous Trees" Multidisciplinary Unit on Trees and Leaves
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"Tremendous Trees" Multidisciplinary Unit on Trees and Leaves

Literature/Language Arts

The Tremendous Tree Book By May Garelick

Tree Trunk Traffic By Bianca Lavies

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf By Lois Ehlert

Once There was a Tree By Laura Coats

Hello Tree! By Joanne Ryder

Crinkleroot's Guide to Knowing the Trees By Jim Arnosky

Writing/Art Activity- Students will make their own booklet "What Grows on Trees?" They will create pictures and have writing opportunities to discuss leaves, flowers and fruit.

Journal Activity: "What I like about Trees"

Math

Patterning

Classifying

Graphing

Social Studies

"Did it Begin as a Tree?" Several objects such as pencil, a book, a t-shirt, an apple, a metal can, a wooden toy and plastic toy are displayed. The class decides whether a tree was involved in their production. The teacher furthers discussion about how anything made of wood or paper all started with a tree.

Visit a nursery for a field trip

Why our Earth needs Trees? Ideas for discussion

"Animals need trees!" Using the book Tree Trunk Traffic will set the stage for discussion about how a tree helps each animal and in some cases is their home.

Art

Outdoors

Indoors

Indoors

Science

Real leaves should be collected and students can observe through magnifiers, discussing vein pattern and colors. Discussion can be held about how leaves make food for the trees.

Learning about the "roots" of a tree. Show the students what roots looks like and describe what they do(carry water, support the tree, etc) Children can use brown crepe paper and brown yarn to tape to the bottom of the class tree trunk.

Music and Movement

Action Chant: "I am a Tree": I am a tree, These are my roots, they help hold me up, like a strong pair of boots! (Lyrics and body motions continue)

"Let's tell about a tree" Sung to Farmer and the Dell.