Multidisciplinary Unit on Trees and Leaves

Multidisciplinary Unit on
Trees and Leaves
Literature/Language Arts
Social Studies
Music and Movement
- 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
- 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.
- 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"
- "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.
- Exploring a cross section from a log to
enable students to make connection that
wood is beneath the tree's bark.
- Visit a nursery for a field trip
- Learn about what a nursery is, where they
get their trees, and what the workers do on
their jobs to sustain the nursery
- Why our Earth needs Trees?
Ideas for discussion
- 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!
- "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.
- 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.
- Outdoors
- "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.
- Indoors
- "Leaf patterns" can be painted green with
green-tinted glue to add embellishment for
veins. The art can be added to a classroom
- Indoors
- "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.
- 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.
- 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
- Student experiment with
colored water, leaves
and vein pattern.
- 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
- Patterning
- "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
- "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
- "Graphing Leaves" The students will do
graphing activity noting most common,
least common leaf and their orgin (tree