The Uses of Trees

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45 minutes to 1 hour

In this lesson, you will talk about three different types of trees and there uses. Then you will show the children how to create leaf rubbings.


Students will learn:
To identify three different kinds of trees by their leaves.
To identify three uses of these trees.
How to produce leaf rubbings using copy paper and crayons.

Materials Needed

A copy of the book, "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein.
A book on leaf identification.
A book on the uses of trees.
30 leaves that include 10 maple, 10 oak and ten walnut.
One sheet of white copy paper per student.
One red, one blue and one yellow crayon.
One paper to record findings.
Pen or pencil.


Read "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein to the students.
Ask students to record the ways the tree in the book was used.
Ask students to record another way that trees are used.
Show the students the maple, oak and walnut leaves.
Describe the uses of maple oak and walnut trees.
Pass around the book on the books on leaf identification and the uses of trees.
Have students lay their leaves on a work table with a flat surface and cover them with the white copy paper.
Demonstrate to the students how to rub the copy paper gently with the crayons to reproduce the leaf's features on the paper.
Ask students to use a specific color crayon for each kind of leaf. For instance, red for maple, blue for oak and yellow for walnut.
When the project is complete, collect the leaf rubbings for assessment.
Assess each student's work to see that they completed the project and that each kind of leaf is the specified color.


Granding is based on the completion of the project and if the correct color was used for the specified kinds of trees.

A small reward can be given or a sticker or stamp can be applied to the completed project.

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