Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tell Me, Tree: All About Trees for Kids

Tell Me, Tree: All About Trees for Kids by Gail Gibbons is great science picture book all about different kinds of trees with pictures of different trees, their seeds, and their leaves.

“Although leaves come in many different shapes and sizes, there are only two different groups of trees, evergreen trees and broadleaf trees. Most evergreens have needles that are thin and scalelike. Because most evergreens keep their seeds inside cones, they are also called conifers. These trees lose their needles or leaves a few at a time throughout the year.”
This book would be a great resource for ALL elementary-age students because it is more like a reference book than a story book. You can easily skip the detailed descriptions of what phloem is and the cambium layer and focus more on identifying trees by their leaves and bark by looking at drawings of a birch tree, cottonwood, elm and sugar maple tree if your students are younger. For older students, you can read about and discuss chlorophyll and photosynthesis.

At the end of the book, there are instructions for pressing leaves and rubbing bark for personal record-keeping book. Students could identify trees in their own yards, nearby park or grandparent’s yard!

1 comment:

Jeff Kahl said...

I can't wait to take Cyrus on hikes through the woods, and we can identify the trees together!