Adopt A Tree
Understanding how to care for a tree helps us understand how to be respectful to not only the environment, but to each other.
The learners will understand how to respect nature by measuring, investigating, and observing a living tree.
After reading the book “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein, the students will discuss the examples of respect displayed throughout the book. The class will then select a tree on the school grounds or neighborhood to adopt as a class tree. They will then pledge to be the protector/caretaker for the tree.
Suggested protector/caretaker roles: Students will patrol the tree area to ensure the safety of the tree, water if necessary, rake leaves, pick up litter or debris, and provide support, if a young tree.
With this tree, the class may do a variety of science activities:
- Observe throughout the seasons by recording observations through student illustrations.
- Observe and record physical characteristics of the tree:
- Bark—size, color, texture
- Leaves—size, color, shape
- Height—compare to other physical objects such as slide, school building, another tree, etc.
- Measure circumference of tree trunk (beginning and end of year)
This data may be collected and displayed in a 3-ringed binder and placed in the science station/center.
For Fun: Take class picture by tree.
The learners will adopt a tree in their own yard or neighborhood and do similar science activities.