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

Parts Of Trees

Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Identify the parts of a tree and label a sketch of a tree accurately.
  • Discuss the functions of a tree’s various parts.

Time: 45 minutes


For each student:

  • Journal materials

For the class:

  • Chart paper and markers for tree sketch


Set objectives and expectations before leaving the classroom. Students will be making sketches of trees in their notebooks. Tell students that the quieter they are, the more likely they are to observe wildlife. Students may collect leaves and seeds they find on the ground for closer observation in the classroom, but may not pull leaves off the trees or disturb other living things.

Take students to the tree study area. Encourage them to look for different types of trees, to think about how to distinguish different trees, and to sketch at least at least one tree.

When you return to the classroom, sketch a tree on chart paper. With assistance from the class, label the parts of the tree and discuss the function of each part in the tree’s survival. Students should label the sketches in their journals as you label the sketch on the chart. This may be review for many students, but will support English learners and ensure that everyone is spelling key vocabulary correctly. Leave this labeled chart posted for the duration of the unit.


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Tree Parts and What they Do

Going deeper:

  • Make a class leaf collection from the trees in your study area, or have students make individual collections from trees around their homes.
  • Have students adopt a tree in the study area, either individually or as a class. Visit the adopted tree(s) regularly, observing and recording changes to the tree and the area throughout the year. At year’s end, students may make books documenting a year in the life of their tree.