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Welcome 2nd grade arborists!
Climb on up and explore trees with me!
Parts of a Tree | Tree
Journal | Leaf Sort | Closer
Look | Extras
Life of Trees
Pierre Quaercus (as in oak) will take you on a tour inside the secret life of
2. Parts of a Tree
Draw an illustration of a tree with the parts labeled
using Kid Pix. Use this diagram to help you.
Label this drawing from Enchanted Learning
| 3. My Tree Journal
Adopt a tree in the school
yard. Observe your tree using all your senses.
Sit quietly with your eyes closed. Block out all other noises and
listen to your tree. What do you hear? (Leaves rustling, birds singing,
scampering?) Now feel your tree. What does the bark feel like?
Are the leaves/needles soft, silky, or crunchy? Do you smell anything?
What does the smell remind you of? Now look closely at your tree.
it higher than the school? By a lot or a little? Is the trunk thinner
or fatter than other trees? What do the leaves/needles look like?
Are there any fruits, nuts or pine cones?
let's record your findings in your journal!
may want to print
out this journal cover and blank
- Collect Samples from
Put these in your Tree Journal
nuts, fruit, or pine cones
twigs, bark samples (make a bark rubbing and include it in your journal).
- Tree Height
Can you estimate how high your tree is?
- Trunk Circumference
What does your tree trunk measure around? This is called the circumference of
the trunk - the complete distance around a circle.
4. Take a Closer
||Use the Proscope, an electronic
microscope, to examine samples from your tree (leaves, bark, acorns,
rings etc.) . In your
journal, list three things you saw. Print a Proscope picture and put
it in your journal.
In Kidspiration, use the
super group to sort these leaf images by their attributes. You
must describe how you sorted
the leaves. When you're done, share your leaf sort page
with a neighbor and see if they can guess your rule.
These images can be copied and pasted into Kidspiration
Which one doesn't
Print out the Odd One Out page.
On each line there is one picture that doesn't belong with the others.
Circle the "Odd One Out"!
Go to the Eliot
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Martell, Instructional Technology Specialist
Needham Public Schools, Needham MA