Multidisciplinary Unit on Trees and Leaves
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Multidisciplinary Unit on Trees and Leaves
- 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 andasked to lie down on towels in a big circle under the tree, so that theirfeet are toward the trunk and they can clearly observe the tree'scanopy. Each child says a word that describes something about thetree. Record their responses.
- Crinkleroot's Guide to Knowing the Trees By Jim Arnosky
- Writing/Art Activity- Students will make their own booklet "What Grows onTrees?" They will create pictures and have writing opportunities todiscuss 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. Theclass decides whether a tree was involved in their production. Theteacher furthers discussion about how anything made of wood or paper allstarted with a tree.
- Exploring a cross section from a log toenable students to make connection thatwood is beneath the tree's bark.
- Visit a nursery for a field trip
- Learn about what a nursery is, where theyget their trees, and what the workers do ontheir 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, producingblooms and adding color.
- Trees give off oxygen to help us live!
- "Animals need trees!" Using the bookTree Trunk Traffic will set the stage fordiscussion about how a tree helps eachanimal 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 animalsmight live on which floor of the tree hotel. e.g. worms andlizards live in the basement, raccoons, in the first floor, andsquirrels the top.
- "Bark Designs" Students use color rub to make impressionof bark, with white paper and brown color. The student'sart is added to the classroom paper tree. Whole groupactivity to discuss attributes of bark.
- "Leaf patterns" can be painted green withgreen-tinted glue to add embellishment forveins. The art can be added to a classroomtree.
- "Tiny Trees" Craft Project. Students will create their own table toptrees by sponge painting the canopy part of the tree. The bark can becreated by placing the pattern of the trunk on top of a piece ofcrumpled paper before coloring with the side of an unwrapped crayon.
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 bodymotions continue)
- "Let's tell about a tree" Sung to Farmer and the Dell.
- Real leaves should be collected and studentscan observe through magnifiers, discussingvein pattern and colors. Discussion can beheld about how leaves make food for thetrees.
- Student experiment withcolored water, leavesand vein pattern.
- Learning about the &quot;roots&quot; of a tree. Show the studentswhat 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 treetrunk.
- "Pattern Leaves" Leaf cutouts in variety of colors can beglued on sentence strips to establish pattern. Extra looseleaves are supplied to have student manipulate the leavesto continue each pattern. (AB, ABB, ABC, AABB, ABA)
- "Classifying Leaves" Students will collect different types oftree leaves from home. Once brought into class the classcan be divided into groups with a variety of leaves toclassify by color, shape, texture, size.
- "Graphing Leaves" The students will dographing activity noting most common,least common leaf and their orgin (treefamily)