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This unit study includes lessons and printables based on the book The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale by Angela Elwell Hunt.

This best-selling children’s book tells the Easter story from a new and unusual point of view. Children will be deeply touched as they understand, perhaps for the first time, the significance of Christ’s life and his atoning sacrifice on the cross.

Thanks to Kelly Cooper for writing the lessons for this The Tale of Three Trees unit study.

The Tale of Three Trees Unit Study Lessons

Here are some sample lessons from the The Tale of Three Trees Unit Study.

Bible: God Works ALL Things Together
The first tree wanted to hold treasure, but instead he was made into a manger. How was his dream fulfilled? He held the greatest treasure ever- baby Jesus! The second tree wanted to be a strong sailing ship and carry kings, but he was a smelly fishing boat instead. How was his dream fulfilled? One day he carried the King of Kings! The third tree wanted to grow tall and point to God. Instead she was cut down and made into lumber (wood used to build with). The tree felt ugly, harsh, and cruel. But was this tree beyond the reach of its Maker? How was her dream fulfilled? She was made into a cross that held Jesus and pointed people to God.

Bible: Easter Story
Read the Easter story from the Bible. You may want to read from one gospel each day for four days.

  • Matthew 27:55-28:10
  • Mark 15:40-16:14
  • Luke 23:47-24:35
  • John 19:38-20:21

You can grab a copy of the entire The Tale of Three Trees Unit Study and Lapbook in an easy-to-print file at the end of this post.

The Tale of Three Trees Lapbook Printables

In addition to the unit study lessons, the file includes these mini-books for your student to create a The Tale of Three Trees Lapbook:

  • The First Tree T-book
  • The Second Tree T-book
  • The Third Tree T-book
  • What Is a Manger? Simple Fold Book
  • The Tree Felt Ugly Tri-fold Book
  • What Keeps Hope Alive? Simple Fold Book
  • Who Can Calm the Storm and Sea? Matchbook
  • The Three Trees Matchbook
  • Tree Facts Shape Book
  • The Story of Easter Accordion Book
  • What Is a Gem? Simple Fold Book
  • Matthew 6:21 Treasure Chest Shape Book
  • Animals of Appalachia (make your own mini-books)

How to Get Started with Your The Tale of Three Trees Unit Study & Lapbook

Follow these simple instructions to get started with the The Tale of Three Trees Unit Study:

  1. Buy a copy of the book, The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale by Angela Elwell Hunt, or borrow one from your local library.
  2. Print The Tale of Three Trees unit study.
  3. Choose the lessons you want to use with your student (a highlighter works great for this).
  4. Choose and prepare the lapbook printables you want to use with your student.
  5. Enjoy a week of .

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The Tale of Three Trees Unit Study & Lapbook

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