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A Tree Is Nice

Lesson Description:
Objectives: Students will be able to...

  • Listen to gain knowledge and share information and perform a task (relating to parts of trees and uses of parts of trees).
  • Identify the different parts of trees and the purposes they serve.
  • Understand that trees have features (trunk and leaves) to help them live in different environments.

Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Ecosystems
  • Waste Reduction

GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge

Time Needed:
60 Minutes (could be split into 2 sessions)
Standards Addressed:
  • Language Arts Standard 8: Use listening and speaking strategies for different purposes.

    • Benchmark # 1: Make contributions in class and group discussions.

    • Benchmark # 2: Ask and respond to questions.

    • Benchmark # 5: Use grade level appropriate vocabulary in speech (e.g., terms related to parts of tress).
  • Science Standard 14: Understands how human actions modify the physical environment.

    • Benchmark #1: Knows how people affect the environment in negative (e.g., cutting trees, burning forests) and positive (e.g., becoming stewards of environment ) ways.
  • Science Standard 5: Understand the structure and function of cells and organisms.

    • Benchmark #2: Know that plants and animals have features that help them live in different environments.

Materials Needed:
  • A copy of “A Tree is Nice” by Janice May Udry
  • Drawing utensils
  • Glue sticks
  • "A Tree is Nice" matching activity worksheets provided below
  • Drawing paper
  • Tree poster

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This lesson is best suited for Grade 1.
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf ATreeisNice.pdf
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf A Tree is Nice.Lesson.pdf
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf ATreeisNiceCards.pdf
Located in: Science | Language Arts

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