The lesson contains everything your students could ever need or want to know about trees. The lesson asks students to think of trees as very tall plants, even though there are some things that make trees different from regular plants. The lesson includes information about the two types of trees, deciduous and evergreen, and also defines several other relevant vocabulary words like perennial, annual, dormant and photosynthesis. The lesson can be used in conjunction with other lessons about plants and the environment.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction
- Ask students: What are the good (advantages) and bad (disadvantages) of trees?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students if there are trees in their yard or in the neighborhood. Ask students what they know about the trees they see each day. Ask students if they have ever climbed a tree, and if there were things in the tree at the top, but not at the bottom. (Other questions about trees may be asked.)
- Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce All About Trees.
- Distribute All About Trees content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Save the final question for the lesson closing. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Pair students. Distribute the supplies. Circulate through the room answering students’ questions and approving final drafts of the tree before students complete it and glue parts to the paper.
- Once completed, students share the tree with the class and tell something special about their new tree.
- Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
- Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
- In closing, ask students: If you could turn into a tree, what kind would it be and why?
- Allow for responses and discussion.
Common Core State Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions
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