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

The Tree Deck

Learning Objective:

Students will be able to:

  • Recognize that there are many different types of trees.

Time: 30 minutes


For each student:

  • a set of tree deck masters, run off on card stock
  • scissors
  • a rubber band, sandwich bag or binder ring to manage the tree deck

For the class:

  • a set of tree deck masters for the overhead


Distribute copies of the tree deck. Tell the class that they will be using these cards to help identify trees when they are out in the field, and that several decks will be stored in the classroom for games.

Students cut along the dotted lines to make 8 cards per page. When not in use, cards may be secured with a rubber band or stored in a small sandwich bag, but it is recommended that a hole punch be used to create a hole in the corner of each card and a binder ring used to keep them together. (If students will be using the hole punch, make a small x in the top left corner of each card on the black-line masters before making copies on cardstock.)

Once the student tree decks are assembled, use the overhead set to discuss the features of the cards (picture of leaf and seed, common name, Latin name) and some of the ways they can be used (to identify trees around the school and at home, to play games in the classroom).

Going deeper:

  • Put different types of leaves on the overhead projector to observe edges and veins. Challenge students to identify the leaves using their tree decks.
  • Leaves lend themselves to any number of art activities. Make leaf rubbings with crayons. Use an iron to press leaves between two pieces of wax paper, then use these pressed leaves to make leaf mobiles. Make leaf impressions in salt dough.
  • Have a leaf scavenger hunt. Can anyone in the class find a leaf from each of the trees in the tree deck?