Material for bird feeders KWL Chart
Be Friends to Trees by Patricia Lauber Overhead projector
Large branch and pot Art materials for animals in tree
Students will be able to understand and appreciate why we celebrate Arbor Day.
Students will be able to increase vocabulary related to Arbor Day.
Students will be able to make bird feeders.
After listening to the story, Be Friends to Trees by Patricia Lauder ,
students will make a KWL chart with the teacher, listing at least five things
they know about trees and five things they want to know about trees.
After being partnered with a classmate and learning about trees, students
will create a tree, making at least five animals or insects in the tree.
Given materials and instruction on bird feeders, students will work with a
partner to make a bird feeder, using peanut butter and pine cones.
Display the following words: leaf, trunk, evergreen, plant, Earth, bark, limb,
leaf. Tell students to listen for these words as you read the story. Invite students
to listen to the story, Be Friends to Trees. Create a KWL chart with the
students to discover what they already know about trees as resources and what
they want to know. Explain that every year we have a celebration called Arbor
Day, celebrated on the last Friday of April. This is to reminder us of the
importance of trees and our responsibility to the earth to protect them.
Development of Lesson
Use the overhead projector or computer screen to list the importance of trees.
Include the following: People depend on trees for food, animals depend on trees
for food and shelter, we depend on trees because they add oxygen to the air.
Lead them to understand that we get many things from trees and our job is to
protect them. Have children brainstorm other reasons and encourage
discussion. What can they do to help this cause? To make the students aware
of the importance of trees, put a large branch in a pot and fill it with dirt to
stabilize it. Then have the students work in pairs to make all the things that live
in the trees. Decorate the tree together.
Students will celebrate Arbor Day by acknowledging one of the uses of trees is to
house and protect birds. Now students will be given a pine cone and peanut
butter to make a bird feeder. Cover the pine cone with peanut butter, tying a
string or wire to hang it. The students can work in pairs to do this. They can
hang them out in the trees and watch the birds enjoy them.
After students have placed their feeders in the trees, gather around outside by
the trees and review the purpose of the lesson. The feeders remind us of one
important things that trees give to our world. We also get the benefit since we
get to watch the birds!
The following day, the students will be asked to write a paragraph about Arbor
Day and its importance. The teacher will use this to assess their knowledge of
this lesson. They should be able to name at least five reasons for this holiday.