I have to admit it. It's a silly thing, but when I was super young (think preschool age) I was scared of trees. I didn't like the way they blew in the wind. I am not sure why I am telling you this other than it's kind of funny and sort of on topic. I now love trees. I think they are fascinating and who doesn't love the history we can find in them by looking at the rings in the trunk? If you are doing a study unit on trees for elementary age kids, you may be wondering how to put it together. I scoured the great web to find you some great ideas so you can put together a rockin' tree unit study resources list. Let's get started!
Tree Unit Study Resources
Tree Lesson Plan Ideas
The Penn State Natural/Forestry department has a great set of tree lesson plans for 6-8 graders that could be great for kinds slightly younger as well that involve many forestry lessons about trees.
Homeschool Share has a great tree unit study resource list for putting together your own unit study based on lower elementary age students.
Tree Lapbooks and Printables
This Tree and Leaf Lapbook from His Mercy is New is pretty good for either a tree or leaf unit study and is aimed at younger elementary.
While not free, this Plants and Trees Nature study Notebook Pages set from Notebooking Pages is really great for creating a unit study for all ages.
Tree Crafts, Projects and Tutorials
One great way to show your kids more about trees is to plant one. Here are some tips on how to successfully plant a tree.
This Tree Scavenger Hunt from A Seasoned Mom is aimed at preschoolers, but I really think it could be built upon for older kids. You could do a more in-depth scavenger hunt or study certain aspects of trees at an arboretum in your area, perhaps?
Tree Videos and Clips
Watch Know Learn has a page filled with Educational Tree Videos and clips with everything from early elementary songs to why leaves change colors on trees in the fall.
This Importance of Trees video from Wordsmith1 via YouTube talks about how important trees are for all of us. This is perfect for older kids.
Do Trees Communicate? This video shows evidence that they do.
Additional Tree Resources
The Arbor Day's Media Page is a great resource for tree conservation information as well as “fast facts” and how to connect with them on the blog.
Trees Are Good is another great resource for finding out more information on trees so you can dd it to your personal unit study lesson.
Books about Trees
Trees: A Visual Guide by Tony Rodd
Audubon Society Resource Guide to North American Trees by The National Audubon Society
The Tree Identification Book by George W. Symonds
The Tree Finder by May Theilgaard Watts
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