by Christine Scott
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:
identify parts of a tree
identify shapes of trees
tell how a tree grows from a seed
tell when leaves change color
tell benefit of trees
tell when leaves change color
CONCEPTS FOR THE CHILDREN TO LEARN:
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.
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:
Trees can be recognized by the shape of their leaves.
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.
ARTS AND CRAFTS:
Duplicate copies of Bingo Card. Make and cut out words. Play this like the traditional bingo game.
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
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
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