Tree-Mendous Trees (Lesson 2)


Activity Description: 

Using knowledge of tree parts gained in Lesson 1, students collect tree parts and use them to identify the tree using specified books.  Students then create a display and present results to the class.

  • To collect and identify different parts of a tree. 
  • To distinguish the different characteristics of their findings 
  • To identify the differences between other trees’ parts 
Educational Standards: 

Indiana Standards: 

3.3.1-(Science) Identify the common structure of a plant including the roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits and seeds. Describe their functions. 

3.6 – (English) Students write using Standard English conventions appropriate to this grade level. 

3.7.8 – (English) Clarify and enhance oral presentations through the use of appropriate props, including objects, pictures and charts.

Doing the Activity: 

Activity details are on Page 5 of the PDF linked below.

  • Gallon-sized Ziploc bags 
  • Checklist of tree items (bark rubbing, seeds, twigs, cones, leaves/needles) 
  • 8 ½ x 11 in. sheets of paper- tag or construction 
  • Plastic sleeve protector sheets 
  • Transparent contact paper 
  • Computer paper 
  • Brown crayon 
  • Digital camera, printer and photo paper 
  • Book, Trees, Leaves and Bark, by Diane L. Burns 
  • Book, My Favorite Tree, by Diane Iverson 
One or Two Class Periods
Kelly Ruxer and Brandy Welp
Wesselman Nature Society,