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PreK-8 Activity 2 - Get in Touch with Trees

PreK-8 Activity 2 - Get in Touch with Trees

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Get in Touch with Trees

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Earth & Sky Radio Show Correlations
This activity can be supplemented with related Earth & Sky radio show audio and transcripts, available for free download, for use in your classroom.
 - Greg McPherson on Urban Forests Built to Last
 - Private Forests Mean Income, Much More

Additional Resources

Leafsnap - A free app that can be downloaded onto the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad (Andriod version in development). Leafsnap uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species from individual leaf photographs you take in the field. This application contains high-resolution images of bark, flowers, fruit, seeds, and more. Currently Leafsnap specializes in tree species found in the Northeastern United States, but expansion to include all US regions is underway.

The Secret Life of Trees - This animated presentation for students in grades 3-5 explains in detail how an acorn becomes a tree. The audio is available in English and Spanish.

Reading Connections
Voices from the Wild - An Animal Sesagoria. Bouchard, David. ISBN 0811814629. Publisher: Chronicle Books. 1996. Describes how animals use their senses to survive in the wild. The book is dividied into five sections - sight, smell, touch, hearing, and taste. Each section features five animals relating the special ways in which a particular sense helps them to hunt, avoid predators, and care for their young. Grades 3-5. 

The Bee Tree. Buchmann, Stephen. ISBN 0938317989. Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press. 2007. In the Malaysian rainforest, a young boy tells how he replaced his grandfather as the one responsible for harvesting honey from the giant tualang tree. The boy recounts the legend his people have told about the honey bees' relationships with the tualang tree. Grades K-5. 

Trees, Leaves, and Bark. Burns, Diane L. ISBN 1559716282. Publisher: Northwood Press. 1998. Contains brief, introductory information for fifteen American trees, including the lifespan and uses of the wood. A color drawing of the mature tree and a close-up of the leaf help for further identification. Grades 3-6. 

Is it Rough? Is it Smooth? Is It Shiny? Hoban, Tana. ISBN 0688038239. Publisher: Greenwillow Books. 1984. Color photographs without text introduce objects of many different textures, such as pretzels, foil, hay, mud, kittens, and bubbles. Grades PreK-K. 

Have You Seen Trees? Oppenheim, Joanne. ISBN 0590466917. Publisher: William R. Scott Publishers. 1967. A poem that celebrates trees in all their variied glory, from the sun-drenched yellows and greens of fresh buds to the flaming reds of autumn maples, to the brittle, icy blues and whites of winter-coated branches. Grades PreK-3. 

Hello Tree! Ryder, Joanne. ISBN 0525673105. Publisher: Lodestar Publishers. 1991. Describes, in simple text and illustrations, some of the unique characteristics of trees. Grades PreK-3. 

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