Adopt a Tree Journal

Encourage children to “adopt” a nearby tree. It could be a tree in their backyard, in a city park, on a street in their neighborhood, or at school. Ask students to keep a journal about their tree they have “adopted” to study. Share or adapt this Adopt a Tree Journal, suitable for grades 1-4, with your students. This 28-page guide, developed by Minnesota PLT with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, provides students a template to record and analyze information they collect over time. Use it to help children really get to know about that special tree in their lives over the course of a school year, or a semester. Pages include:

  • ART: Drawing a tree from different perspectives.
  • SCIENCE: Making scientific observations about a tree’s leaves, twigs, and fruits. Looking for animal clues around a tree.
  • MATH: Measuring perimeter (circumference) around a tree trunk.
  • MATH: Measuring crown spread and learning about averages.
  • ELA: Applying different poetic forms writing about their tree.