This learning block represents one week’s work. Aim to watch at least one video and choose at least one activity or project to complete.
There are three videos to choose from about deciduous trees. The first one is better for younger kids, the others will appeal to older kids. Feel free to watch one, or both!
Why do deciduous tree leaves change colour?
How many trees are there in the world?
Now choose an Activity
create a leaf rubbing
Collect leaves from around your house or neighborhood park and create a piece of art!
For these activity you will need:
If you have them also grab some watercolours and a brush.
Watch the video and create your own leave rubbing.
Save this for your portfolio!
Build a tree
Head to your recycle bin and collect some heavy postcards or flyers. Also, carefully find a pair of scissors.
Watch the video and design a few trees to explore what helps make a tree stand up.
Write down what you discover!
Take a walk around London’s trees
Visit the website Tree Talk by clicking here.
Take a virtual walk around London and click on the green dots which represent trees to see what types of trees are there.
On a piece of paper or in your nature journal write down three types of trees you visited and draw or write something about each one.
Learning about your neighbourhood trees Project
Start by watching the video above and becoming familiar with how scientists explore and identify the trees around them.
Now take a walk in your neighbourhood, local park, or forest.
Collect three or more samples of deciduous tree leaves. Each leaf should be different. Write down a few notes or sketches about the trees shape, size, and texture of the bark and leave room to add the leaf when you get home.
When you get home, add a sketch or leaf rubbing of your collected leaves beside your tree notes. Its is also ok to just tape down the leaf. You can do this in a nature journal or on blank paper.
Now use these two websites to help you identify which types of trees your leaves come from:
Arbor Day What Tree – Answer a few questions about each leaf to discover what tree it comes from.
Tree Musketeers – Explore common leaf shapes to help you find out what tree it comes from.
Do you know what tree it is from? Write down the answer next to your leaf drawing/rubbing.
Take a photograph of your finished project pages and upload it to your portfolio!
Next time you go on a walk you will know a little more about your neighborhood trees.
Books About Plants
Click on a book to buy it from Amazon. Or, you can ask for them at your local library.