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Here’s a lesson on trees that uses leaf rubbings and “The Giving Tree”
Title – A science lesson on Trees
By – Joanna Claire Rebone
Subject – Science, Art
Grade Level – 3rd
Focus: The students will be asked what they know about trees. They will view a tree cutting and guess how old it is. After making predictions they will count the rings to verify the age of the tree.
Instruction: The students break into two groups.
Group#1 Pine cone Bird Feeders
materials: pine cones-larger ones are best
yarn, twine, string
craft sticks or plastic knives
brown paper lunch bags
wild bird seed
The students will take the yarn and tie it to the pine cone stem. Lay the newspaper over the work area. Use plastic knives to spread the peanut butter over the pine cone. Next roll the pine cone in bowl of bird seed to coat it. Then place in a paper bag with child’s name on it to take home.
Group#2 Leaf Rubbings
Materials: leaves (different sizes)
crayons or colored pencils
The students will take leaves and place them under their paper. Gently rub the crayon over the paper. The leaf’s image will appear through the paper. Choose many different leaves and colors for the paper.
Closure: Read Shel Silverstein’s book The Giving Tree and discuss the importance of trees in our environment.
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