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Adopting a Tree

Submitted by: I Love That Teaching Idea! Staff
From: Nibley, Utah
Date Submitted: March 31, 2001

Every 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.


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