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Ready to integrate some tree-related activities into your classroom this Arbor Day? Try out some of the suggestions below.
- Study the ecosystem of one particular tree.
- Learn to identify trees in your community. Students can use a tree key or create their own. Take a nature walk and practice this new skill.
- Study the structure of a tree, how it functions, and what benefits a tree provides.
- Learn about the history of Arbor Day.
- Study the importance of trees in different cultures.
- Correlate the history of the United States or your community to one tree's growth rings.
- Learn how to measure a tree's height, crown spread and diameter.
- Have younger children count the rings on a tree stump.
- Look for a pattern of numbers in nature.
- Collect leaves, brush tempera paint on them and make leaf prints.
- Make bark rubbings. Have students trade rubbings to see if they can identify each other's tree.
- Tree shapes often aid in tree identification. Have students pretend to be a certain type of tree—weeping willow, redwood, etc.
- Write an Arbor Day poem or rap and perform it for the school.
- Ask each to student write a description of a tree found on the school grounds. Then see if other students can find it using the description.
- Have students write letters to community tree planters, thanking them for their efforts.
- Find out about spices and other foods and learn about the trees that produce them.
- Have the students write their own play about Arbor Day or trees and perform it.