Family Activity: Poet-Tree

young-boy-sitting-at-table-outdoors-with-exercise-bookPoetry offers children an opportunity to express their thoughts and ideas about the environment in creative and artistic ways. Take children outdoors to observe a variety of trees and then encourage them to write a poem.

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  • Invite children to choose a tree near their home, school, or local park for observation.
  • Ask children to spend time observing their tree from various perspectives; sitting against it, lying underneath it, walking around it, etc.
  • Using nature journals or notebooks, have children record words, ideas, and impressions that enter their minds.
  • Remind children to use their senses (touch, smell, sight, and sound… but not taste) to generate more words to describe their tree.
  • Finally, challenge children to convert their thoughts into one of the poetic forms provided. Later, you might ask them to explain which form they chose and why.

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This family activity is adapted from Project Learning Tree’s PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide which can be obtained through an in-person professional development workshop or online course.

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