Topic: Parts of a Tree
Grades: K, 1, 2
K.LS.1 Describe and compare the growth and development of common living plants and animals.
K.LS.2 Describe and compare the physical features of common living plants and animals.
K.LS.3 Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive).
Learning Objective: Students will be able to identify and label parts of a tree.
- Main Book:
- A Tree is Nice, by Janice May Udry
- Supplemental Books:
- A Tree is a Plant, by Clyde Robert Bulla
- From Seed to Plant, by Gail Gibbons
- A Grand Old Tree, by Mary Newell DePalma
- K.W.L. Chart
- Tree Review Handout
- 20+ Toilet Paper Tubes (enough for each student to have one)
- Scissors for each student
- Cardboard (a cereal box) or Card stock
- 100+ Cotton Balls (each student should have at least 5)
- Green Food Coloring or Green Liquid Water Color
- Plastic Cups (to put the food coloring or liquid water color in)
- Paintbrushes for each student
- Masking Tape
- Twine or Brown Yarn
Time needed: 30-45 minutes (Allow for additional preparation time before lesson.)
- Create a K.W.L. Chart (in paper form or on a Smartboard) with students.
- K – Have students describe what they already know about trees.
- W – Ask students what they would like to learn about trees or questions they have.
- Read A Tree is Nice aloud. Allow for questions, connections and ideas to be discussed during the reading. Refer back to the K.W.L. chart throughout to see if questions were answered or add to the last column, “What We Have Learned.”
- Based off of what was read and discussed, have students fill in, “The Parts of a Tree,” on the board.
- Armed with the knowledge of the reading (and any additional books), students will have the opportunity to create a tree of their own with the supplies provided.
- An example of the tree can be provided (steps shown below) or students can be given the materials and freedom to create their own version of a tree.
- Their tree must show: leaves, branches, trunk, and roots in some fashion.
- Encourage students to analyze their tree.
- What parts of the tree did they include?
- Why are those parts important?
- Do they know of other plants that are similar to trees and how they grow?
- If they were to create this again, what materials would they like to use next time?
- Pair students up with a partner and have them complete the, “Parts of a Tree,” handout together to assess comprehension and ability to work with a partner.
- Complete the, “What We Learned,” column of the K.W.L. chart as a group.
- Explore the parts of a tree in detail with some of the following activities:
- Bark/Trunk – Tree Rubbings
- Leaves – How Does a Leaf Get Water Experiment, Painting with Leaves
- Experiment – Bloglovin’ learnplayimagine.com