Love That Teaching Idea! Staff
Submitted: March 31, 2001
year I like to take my class on a short walk to the local park.
It is full of various kinds of trees. I make sure each of my students
has brought a notebook and pencil with them. I then tell them
to choose a tree in that park that will become their very own.
They are then to draw a picture of what that tree looks like at
that very time. They have to really study it, so that their tree
is very unique to them. What does the bark look like? What does
it feel like? Draw a picture of the leaf. How many veins does
a leaf have on it? Do the roots come up above the ground or all
they all safely underneath? What is the circumference of the trunk?
(I bring a few measuring tapes out with me.) They are to record
all of this information in their notebooks along with the date
we visited their tree. I also allow them some time to sit underneath
their tree and listen to the winds blowing through it. Then several
times throughout the year, we continue to go back to that same
park where they record their new observations about that same
tree. This becomes a really interesting journal for them to keep
throughout the year, noticing the different changes that occur
with each season.