Engage your students in a hands-on activity to go outdoors and observe the structure of a tree.
This hands-on activity helps students in grades K-2 observe the structure of a tree. In this activity, students will go outdoors to take a closer look at trees and their parts.
This activity is part of Project Learning Tree's new e-unit, Treemendous Science! for grades K-2, so be sure to check out the full curriculum!
Project Learning Tree helps develop students’ awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of the environment, builds their skills and ability to make informed decisions, and encourages them to take personal responsibility for sustaining the environment and our quality of life that depends on it.
For the last 40 years, Project Learning Tree has trained 700,000 educators to help students learn how to think, not what to think about complex environmental issues.
Whether you regularly use the outdoors as a classroom or tend to hesitate every time you take your class outside, this unit is an invitation to increase the quantity and quality of your K-2 learners’ contact with nature and trees.
Treemendous Science! students will explore, experience, observe, and collect tree data to develop understandings about how trees grow, the roles trees play in ecological systems, and the ways in which trees and humans interact.
Get students excited about science through hands-on activities, rather than simply memorizing facts.
Meets NGSS Standards
The e-units are constructed around targeted performance expectations of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
The curriculum is organized around three levels geared to children’s different stages of development.
The overarching goal of this Treemendous Science! unit is for students to use prior experiences to reflect on patterns found in the natural world.
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“The lessons are laid out well and materials are easy to attain. I have seen the excitement of so many children during these activities. Students are full wonder and amazement about all that is going on outside their door.”
Teacher in Indiana
“It is easy to do, not a huge amount of preparation, and can be done even in an urban environment.”
Teacher in Indiana
“It was hands-on, easy to follow, and can be easily manipulated to fit a teacher's time, materials, and teaching preferences.”
Teacher in North Carolina