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Learn to plant and maintain strong, healthy trees that will thrive for generations.

Introduction to Trees and Oaks

Branch 1 lays the groundwork for learning about trees. Students will review the needs and parts of trees and start to become familiar with the different trees in their study area.


Complete these activities from September through November when the acorns start to fall. Watch the local wildlife for signs that they have begun collecting. If there are no oaks in your study area, collect oak leaves and acorns for Activity 7 elsewhere.

California Content Standards

Grade 3 Life Sciences

3. Adaptations in physical structure or behavior may improve an organism’s chance for survival. As a basis for understanding this concept:

a. Students know plants and animals have structures that serve different functions in growth, survival and reproduction.

Grade 3 Reading

1.6 Use sentence and word context to find the meaning of unknown words.

1.7 Use a dictionary to learn the meaning and other features of unknown words.

2.0 Students read and comprehend grade-level appropriate material. They draw upon a variety of comprehension strategies as needed (e.g., generating and responding to essential questions, making predictions, comparing information from several sources).

2.5 Distinguish the main idea and supporting details in expository text.

Grade 3 Writing

Writing Applications

2.2 Write descriptions that use concrete sensory details to present and support unified impressions of people, places, things, or experiences. Written and Oral English Language Conventions

 

1.0 Students write and speak with a command of Standard English conventions appropriate to this grade level.

Grade 4 Reading

2.0 Students read and comprehend grade-level appropriate material. They draw upon a variety of comprehension strategies as needed (e.g., generating and responding to essential questions, making predictions, comparing information from several sources).

Grade 4 Writing

Writing Strategies

1.0 Students write clear, coherent sentences and paragraphs that develop a central idea. Written and Oral English Language Conventions

 

1.0 Students write and speak with a command of Standard English conventions appropriate to this grade level.

 

Activities

Activity 1: What Do We Know About Trees?

Activity 2: What is Tree Stewardship?

Activity 3: Parts of Trees

Activity 4: The Tree Deck

Activity 5: California Oaks

Activity 6: Oak Explorations

Activity 7: Acorn and leaf investigations

Activity 8: Introduction to Trees and Oaks: Summarize and Reflect