Roots, Trunk, Branches, Leaves!

This winter and spring, kindergarteners learned all about trees. They began with a song to learn the basic tree parts:

Tree Parts Song

(sing to the tune of “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”)

Roots, trunk, branches, leaves (branches, leaves!)

Roots, trunk, branches, leaves (branches, leaves!)

Roots and trunks and branches and leaves

These are the parts of a tree!


We compared these tree parts on our apple and oak trees.  Then students made tree nature art to take home!

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Next, students took a closer look at leaves.  They did a leaf rubbing with crayons, then hunted for different leaf shapes in the garden.

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The following week, the students took a closer look at tree trunks, counting tree rings to determine the age of the trees when they were cut down.

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Earlier in the school year, student observed our apple tree.  We revisited the tree to see how it had changed since the fall.  (Everyone was a little disappointed at the lack of apples, but we’re looking forward to tasting them again next fall!)

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Finally, we discussed some of the things that trees give us. We read the wonderful book, “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein.


Then everyone painted wood signs for our garden!

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Finally, we tasted (and smelled!) different foods that come from trees.  We tasted walnuts, bananas and oranges…


Smelled cinnamon…


And finally, tried chocolate chips!  (The favorite, of course!)


The most exciting part of this lesson was that we got to sit at our brand new seating circle made from tree stumps!  Big thank you to Theo Carroll for helping with the installation!

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One Response to Roots, Trunk, Branches, Leaves!

  1. Patty says:

    Great tree lessons! Love the paper costume!


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