If you’re planning a ‘Trees’ topic in your classroom, explore some of our cross-curricular teaching ideas and activities!
Can you suggest any other ideas for a ‘trees’ topic? Leave a comment at the bottom of the page!
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- Write a recount from the point of view of a tree, explaining all of the things that you have seen throughout your lifetime.
- Make a list of ‘for’ and ‘against’ arguments about deforestation.
- Make some instructions to ‘teach’ a tree how to carry out photosynthesis.
- Make some instructions to teach people how to grow their own tree from a seed.
- Make a glossary of words linked to trees.
- Can you find any stories in which a tree (or a forest) plays an important role in the plot?
- Write your own story in which a tree plays an important part.
- Make a ‘Record-breaking trees’ booklet / poster with facts about amazing trees (e.g. the tallest tree in the world, the oldest tree in the world).
- Collect some leaves and measure their area using a squared grid.
- Carry out a survey of local trees and use the results for data handling activities.
- Can you measure some trees? Can you estimate their height?
- Find out how trees grow. What do they need to grow?
- Identify the different insects and animals that live in / near different types of trees. Which parts of the tree do they live in / around? Which of these are helpful or harmful to the trees?
- Create your own identification chart to help others to identify local trees.
- Find out how seeds from different trees are dispersed.
- Research the different fruit and nuts that trees produce. How many of these are edible?
- What would happen if there were no trees in the world? Research what the impact might be on plants, animals and humans.
- Take some photos of trees near your school. Can you compare these with trees near a school in a different part of the country / world?
- Create a multimedia presentation (or a web page) to teach others everything that you know about trees.
- Take some photos of the same tree at different times of year. Can you create a time-lapse animation showing how the tree changes?
- Create a database of trees with information about each type.
- How do we collect wood from trees? How do we use wood? How has wood been used throughout history?
- Collect lots of different leaves and use these to create your own pictures of animals.
- Create some silhouettes of different trees. How are they similar / different?
- Sketch some trees in your local area.
- How would you describe the colours of different trees / leaves near you?
- Create some leaf prints by painting leaves and pressing them onto a plain piece of paper.
- Try some leaf rubbings.
- Can you think of any musical instruments that are made using wood?
- Find out about the types of trees that live in different places around the world. How are they adapted to live in different climates?
- Are there any countries that use trees (or parts of trees) on their flags? Can you design a new tree-themed flag?
- Make a map of your local area and plot the locations of different types of trees.
- Can you try to recycle your old paper?
- Find a local tree and try to work out / estimate its age. What different historical events have taken place during that tree’s lifetime? Could you show these on a timeline?