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Trees are a fantastic topic for nature study ANY time of year. Grab your kids, head to the great outdoors, and learn all about trees with our Tree Lapbook.
Thanks to Lynn Pitts for writing the lessons for this Trees unit study.
Trees Unit Study Lessons
Here are some sample lessons from the Trees Unit Study.
Types of Trees
There are two main kinds of trees: broad-leaved tree and conifer tree.
Broad-leaved trees have thin and flat leaves. They are shaped like globes or eggs. Where winters are cold, most of these types of trees will lose their leaves. In the fall, the leaves turn yellow, gold, red, orange, and brown. Some examples of broad-leaved trees are Maple, Oak, Birch, Apple and Cherry.
Conifer trees have needles instead of leaves. Some have triangle shapes that help snow to slide off the branches. They also have cones and most are evergreens. An evergreen stays green all year. Some conifer trees are Fir, Cedar, Spruce and Pine.
How Trees Make and Store Food
Like other plants, trees spend the summer making food. All trees need water, air and sunshine. The roots soak up nutrients and water from the ground. The green parts soak up sunlight and air. Tree leaves, like all green leaves, make their own food. They make a kind of sugar from water and air. The heat of the sun does the work. The food a tree makes is called sap. Sap is stored in the trunk over the winter. It used this stored sap to grow new leaves in the Spring. Some of the food is also there to help the tree grow. Every year a little is added to the ends of the twigs and branches.
All trees begin as seeds. They come in different shapes and sizes. A seed sprouts when a small root begins to grow. As it absorbs water and minerals, a tiny stem with just two small leaves begins to grow above the soil. A young tree is called a seedling. Seedlings grow tall and spread wide. As the stem becomes hard enough it is called wood. Small branches begin to appear as buds that turn into tiny leaves. The hard, woody stem is now called a tree trunk. Being tall helps the tree reach the sunlight it needs to make food. After three years, the seedling becomes a sapling.
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Trees Lapbook Printables
In addition to the lessons about trees, this file includes these mini-books for your student to create a Trees Lapbook (or notebook):
- Tree Words Mini-book
- Conifers vs. Broad-leaved Trees Venn Diagram Flap Book
- Types of Trees Flap Book
- Tree I.D. Layer Book
- Photosynthesis Simple Fold Book
- Seeds Interlock Book
- Parts of a Trunk Shutterflap Book
- All About Roots Simple Fold Book
- All About Leaves Shuttertied Book
- Uses for Trees T-book
- Oak Tree Life Cycle Tab Book
- Tree Facts Shape Books
- My State Tree Petal Book
- Animals and Trees Simple Fold Book
- Blank Books (use as desired to add to your study of trees)
How to Get Started with Your Trees Unit Study & Lapbook
Follow these simple instructions to get started with the Trees Unit Study:
- Check out books about trees and leaves from your local library.
- Print the Trees unit study.
- Choose the lessons you want to use with your student (a highlighter works great for this).
- Choose and prepare the lapbook printables you want to use with your student.
- Enjoy a week of learning all about trees!
This lapbook sample was made with two file folders. For additional lapbook instruction, read How to Make a Lapbook.
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Learn More About Trees
Spend more time learning about trees with these resources.