Leaves and Trees

Leaves and Trees

Objective:  Children will learn about leaves, trees and their parts.

Preparation:

  • Find drawings or pictures of trees from books, magazines or old calendars.
  • Crayons without the paper wrapping on them. (green, red, orange, yellow, brown)
  • Thin Paper like tracing paper or coffee fillers.
  • Leaves freshly picked.  (If the leaves are too old they will crumble.)
  • Decide on a book to read.  Suggested books:
    • Trees by Peggy Gavan
    • Treats From a Tree by Susan Canizares

Lesson:

Read a book then discuss trees and leaves.

It is fun if you have trees to go outside and discover the parts of a tree and gather leaves.

Show pictures and discuss:

Why are trees important?

  • Trees grow much of the fruits and nuts we eat.
  • Trees prevent soil erosion.
  • Trees provide many animals with shelter and food.
  • Trees produce oxygen which we need to breathe and keep the air clean.
  • Trees give shade in the summer and keep us cool.
  • Trees are also used to build homes.
  • Trees are used for making paper and medicines.

What are the parts of a tree?

  • Trunk—the stem and the part that is wood.
  • Bark—the “skin” of the tree that helps protect it.
  • Roots—the “straws” that the tree uses to take in water from the dirt.
  • Leaves—use the water and sunlight to make food for the tree.
  • Branches—take water to the leaves and hold the leaves.
  • Fruit—some trees have fruits we can eat.
  • Blossoms—the flowers that bloom and later become fruit.

Activity:  Leaf Rubbings

  • Collect leaves of all shapes and sizes as you explore the trees outside.
  • Position leaves vein side up.
  • Lay a sheet of plain white paper over the top of the leaves.
  • Turn a crayon on its side and gently rub over the paper.

The leaf images will magically appear on the paper!

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