Trees Give Us
children identify the importance of trees in everyday life.
Discuss the many gifts trees provide for us. Trees help provide an
attractive environment. In addition, they provide wood, which is
for homes, furniture, and many other products. Foods from trees
include fruit, nuts, maple syrup, chocolate, spices, and olives.
help keep air, breathable, help conserve soil and water, and are
homes for wildlife.
children construction paper, glue, felt-tip markers and an assortment of
colorful fall leaves. Have each child select two or three leaves and glue
his or her paper. Let the children use felt-tip markers to add arms, legs,
, feet, hair, eyes and other features to make leaf creatures.
After the children
have completed their leaf creatures activity (above), ask them to tell you
about their creatures. Write each story at the bottom of the storyteller's
With the permission of the author, read each story out loud to the whole
many reasons why trees are important, here are just a few:
Trees are a important source of food. They grow many of the fruits we
Can you name some? Trees prevent soil erosion, that is to protect
upper layer of the soil from drifting away by wind and water. Trees
the homes of many animals and help provide the shelter and food for
them and many plants. Can you name some animals that live and
need trees? Trees produce oxygen something that we need in the air
to breath, so trees help keep the air nice and clean! A tree gives
shade in the summer and keeps us cool. We also need some
trees to build structures, homes and many products that we
need like very important medicines. We need to replant them and take
care of them. They help store water that we may need during a
discuss... Circle Time Discussions
Learn the parts of a tree -
vein, leaf, branch, trunk, and roots.
Talk about how the tree grows because the water goes in the roots, up the
trunk, through the branches, in the leaves and through the veins.
Talk about the different kinds of leaves - needles and broadleaf. Talk
about the differences and likenesses of the leaves. Get real leaves to do
this. Let them feel the veins and the textures.
Talk about the different kinds of bark.
Talk with them about birds and animals making nests,
worms making cocoons, and spiders spinning webs in
trees. If possible show them real nests, cocoons, or webs.
You could also (somewhere) talk about how Native American's
believe there is a soul inside of the trees - and show the part
of Pocahontas where she is talking the the tree.
the different uses of trees.- home for birds and animals,
used to build homes, furniture, toys and paper. Some people burn
wood for heat. It also provides shade, protection for rain and
is used to block strong winds. Trees also provide jobs and food.