Build a Tree


Activity Description: 

This activity (on pages 13-18) has learners build a model tree and then figure out how to make their tree stand up by itself.  This illustrates how the tall rain forest trees adapt to support a huge trunk and heavy branches, while also sending their roots out instead of down.


Students learn how the structural components of trees help them stand up under rainforest conditions.

Pre-Activity Prep: 

Gather materials necessary for the activity.


For each team of 2:

  • masking tape
  • 1 large brown grocery bag - heavy gauge
  • green tissue paper cut into 10 x 6 inch pieces (four pieces per team)
  • 10 x 10 inch pieces of tagboard or cardboard (1 or 2 pieces per team) 
  • scissors
Two class periods
University of Nebraska State Museum, Nebraska 4-H Youth Development via OERCommons,