Learning About Trees 

by Christine Scott


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LEARNING ABOUT TREES

GRADE LEVEL: PRE-KINDERGARTEN AND THIRD 

INTRODUCTION  and DESCRIPTION:

Learning about trees can be spread over four seasons.  This unit will allow the students to see how trees change and grow over four seasons. The pre kindergarten and primary children love hands on activities.  They are intrigued about facts and stimulating  ideas about trees.  They will be so fascinated with the changes that occur in the trees from one season to another.  Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons to see the many different colors of leaves on the trees.

Begin the lesson by showing and reading a book about trees.  I like the book "The Tree". A First Discovery Book by Scholastic.  The reason I like the book is because it is easy to read, is very descriptive, and has some great pictures.   Allow the children to participate in the reading and share some experience stories

This unit will focus on math science, language arts, and fine arts.

OBJECTIVES:  Students should be able to:

  CONCEPT OBJECTIVES:

SKILLS:  

CONCEPTS FOR THE CHILDREN TO LEARN:

VOCABULARY:

DIFFERENT KINDS OF TREES:                 

A chestnut is the seed of a chestnut tree.  A tree is a giant plant.  Food  stored inside the seed nourishes the young plant.  As the chestnut sapling grows up, the roots grow down into the soil.  By the end of winter, the chestnut tree has thousands of tiny buds.  When spring comes and it is warm again the buds will bloom.  The buds burst open, revealing many leaves.  In the spring, the chestnut tree blossoms.  Chestnut become flowers.  In the summer when it is hot the trees are bright green, the chestnut grow and are ripe.  The last season for the chestnuts  is in the fall the leaves  begin to fall  off of the tree.  This is a beautiful season  when the chestnut trees leaves begin to change color.  They change to a bright orange, yellow and gold  All year long many animals and insects make their homes in and around the trees.

EVERGREEN TREES:

The evergreen tree is a tree that is green all year-around.  That's why it is called evergreen.  There are different kinds of evergreen trees.  They are listed below:

LEAVES:

Trees can be recognized by the shape of their leaves.

ACTIVITIES:

Math

FINGERPLAY:

SCIENCE:

Remove a seed from a avocado. Peel off the brown outer covering of the seed. Poke three toothpicks into the avocado seed at equal distances from one another. Place the seeds in a glass of lukewarm water with largest end submerged.  Replace the water once a week.  Sprouts will appear in about three weeks.  When the stem and roots are several inches long, transplant the avocado into a pot that is about 1 inch wider than the avocado.

DRAMATIC PLAY:

Birds

ARTS AND CRAFTS:

Sawdust Playdough

SOCIAL STUDIES:

Family Tree

 

ORAL QUESTIONS:

Name some trees that give us fruit.

 WORKSHEETS:

Duplicate copies of Bingo Card.  Make and cut out words.  Play this like the traditional bingo game.

T

R E E B I N G O
MAPLE ACORN CYPRESS CEDAR HICKORY ELM PINE APPLE PARASOL
HAZELNUT WALNUT CHESTNUT FREE PECAN FREE ORANGE BEECH BERRY 
DOGWOOD

OAK

BIRCH

FIR

POPLAR PEACH PALM COCONUT BANANA
FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE

 

TIC-TAC-TOE

Play this Tic-Tac-Toe  game identifying leaves the traditional way of playing Tic-Tac-Toe

Cut out these words or make pictures of the trees

OAK MAPLE

 

MAPLE
MAPLE MAPLE

 

MAPLE
OAK

 

MAPLE MAPLE

     TIC-TAC-TOE BOARD  

 

 

   
 

 

   
 

 

   

BOOKS:

Flowers Fairies of the Trees, by Barker, Cicely

It Could Still Be a Tree ,by Fowler, Allan

Trees are Terrific, by National Wildlife Federation Staff

Johnny Apple Seed, by Alikili

The Giving Tree, by  Silverstein, Shel

CONCLUSION:

 


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