Objective: Students will learn about the parts of a tree and the benefits of trees to the environment and animals, and engage in activities that help them observe and appreciate trees.
A book about trees (such as “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein)
Pictures or photos of different types of trees
Construction paper and glue
Crayons or markers
Nature journals or sketchbooks
Start by asking the students if they like trees, and what they know about trees. Read the book about trees and discuss the different parts of a tree.
Tree Observation: Take a walk outside and find a tree to observe. Encourage students to look at the leaves, branches, and bark of the tree. Use a nature journal or sketchbook to draw or write about the tree they observed.
Tree Identification: Show the students pictures or photos of different types of trees and teach them how to identify trees by their leaves, bark, and shape. Have them draw or color the different types of trees on construction paper and glue them onto a class tree mural.
Tree Benefits: Discuss the different benefits of trees, such as providing oxygen, shade, and homes for animals. Encourage students to draw or write about how trees help animals or the environment.
Wrap up the lesson by reviewing the different parts of a tree and the benefits of trees. Ask the students to share something new they learned about trees, or a favorite type of tree they learned about.
Assess the students’ understanding of trees through discussion and observation during the activities. You can also give them a worksheet to match the parts of a tree or identify different types of trees