Students read a wide range of print and non-print texts to build an understanding of texts, of themselves, and of the cultures of the United States and the world; to acquire new information; to respond to the needs and demands of society and the workplace; and for personal fulfillment.
- Where Once There Was a Wood by Denise Fleming
- Tree seeds, native to your region, 1 per student
- Potting soil
- Small planting spade or spoon
- Small plant pots, 1 per student
- Watering can
- For this activity you will need to do some research to select a native tree, and gather some seeds. Depending on the seeds you choose, you may not want to use traditional plant pots. For example, I had a colleague who used PVC piping as pots, as the seeds they planted had long tap roots.
- You might decide to have students label their pots.
Step 1: Read Where Once There Was a Wood by Denise Fleming aloud to the class.
Step 2: Have a class conversation about the plants and animals that were featured in the book. Explain that students will be planting trees and talk about their importance in the forest.
Step 3: While students work on another project, have small groups meet to plant. Demonstrate how to use the spade to fill the pot with soil. Plant the seeds and add water. Find a sunny spot to place the pots.
Step 4: When the trees have grown enough, have students bring them home to plant. If students don't have an available spot for outdoor planting, try locating one on the school grounds, or on the grounds of a local organization.
Donate trees to local nonprofit organizations.