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The Great Kapok Tree

Lesson Description:
• Listen to gain knowledge and share information and perform a task (relating to problems facing rain forests due to harmful human behavior).
• Compare the actions of the character in the beginning, middle, and end of story.
• Explain the interdependent relationships between humans and trees.
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion

Sustainability Topic:
  • Ecosystems
  • Waste Reduction

GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge

Time Needed:
60 - 70 Minutes
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 rain forest).

Language Arts Standard 6: Uses reading skills and strategies to understand and interpret a variety of literary texts.
• Benchmark #3: Knows setting, main characters, main events, sequence, and problems in stories.

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.

Geography Standard 4: Understands the physical and human characteristics of place.
• Benchmark 2: Knows that places can be defined in terms of their predominant human and physical characteristics (e.g., rural, forest,or by types of land forms, vegetation, water bodies, climate).
Materials Needed:
• A copy of “The Great Kapok Tree” by Lynne Cherry
• Sticky note paper (1 ½ x 2 inch or 3 inch square)
• World map
• Writing and drawing utensils
• “Beginning, Middle, and End” worksheet provided below
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Lesson Documents:
application/pdf The Great Kapok Tree.pdf

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