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RESPECT

Curricular Connection

Adopt A Tree

Science

Understanding how to care for a tree helps us understand how to be respectful to not only the environment, but to each other.

Objective

The learners will understand how to respect nature by measuring, investigating, and observing a living tree.

Activity

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.

Extensions

The learners will adopt a tree in their own yard or neighborhood and do similar science activities.

ASCA: Grade K, A:A1.2 Display a positive interest in learning.

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