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The Giving Tree and Receiving Tree

Lesson Description:
• Listen to gain knowledge and share information and perform a task (relating to parts of trees and uses of parts of trees).
• Make inferences and draw conclusions using picture clues, story text and prior knowledge.
• Identify the different parts of plants and the purposes they serve.
• Explain the interdependence relationships between humans and trees
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Group Work

Sustainability Topic:
  • Ecosystems
  • Waste Reduction

GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge

Time Needed:
60-75 Minutes (could be divided into two 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,) 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 “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein
• Giving and Receiving chart provided below
• Examples of paper and cardboard products to display to class
• Example of product label stating product was made from recycled material
• Leaf pattern provided below
• Writing and coloring utensils
• Large teacher-made tree for bulletin board
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This lesson is best suited for Grade 1.
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf GivingReceivingTree.pdf

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