Thursday, September 8, 2016


Lisa: There’s a saying here in Phoenix about the seasons:   We have only three - hot, hotter, and hottest!  If we drive about 2 hours north, we can experience all 4 seasons in Arizona.  

Linda: Obviously it’s difficult to teach about the four seasons with our weather but on our school grounds we have a few trees whose leaves actually change colors.  So our classes “adopt” a tree in September and observe what happens to it during the year. 

Lisa: This activity supports our science strands for the inquiry process and for changes in the environment.  The project makes children aware of their surroundings while having them write and draw about what they observe.   

When leaves begin to change color, we adopt a tree by walking around the campus with the children to decide on one.  We tie a laminated label to the tree that will remain on the it for the entire school year.

Back in the classroom, the children receive their science journals, Our Class Tree, and complete the fall page by writing the title on it and then writing a sentence to describe their tree.  They decorate the tree with paper leaves. 

We visit our adopted tree during the winter, spring, and summer (or as close to the summer as we can get before the school year is over!).  The children work in their science journals each time with a different art project for the tree and take them home at the end of the school year. 

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  1. What a clever idea to focus on just one tree. Thanks for sharing, Linda and Lisa!
    Linda at Primary Inspiration

  2. Thanks for the comment, Linda. Our students love visiting our tree all the time!

  3. Thank you so much for this journal! Love it!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! Have fun with the journal!

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    1. Glad you liked the Adopt-a-Tree idea! Our classes have lots of fun "owning" a tree!

  5. Thank you ~ I can't wait to do this activity!

    1. You're welcome. Have fun with this activity!