The weather here in Kansas has been amazing this last week. We did a little study on trees by just going for a nature hike at the Konza Praire with our co-op group. While there, we made a note of a few type of the trees common to the area and expanded our vocabulary of tree characteristics. Only 7% of the Konza Praire is forested, the areas along the water called the “riparian area.” The most prominent trees we observed there were bur and chinquapin oak. Doing a study on trees doesn’t have to be complicated. You can simply go outside to a park, trail or even your own back yard and just take a closer look.
Tree Vocabulary We Learned:
Learning vocabulary helped us to identify trees more easily. We used What Tree Is That?: A Guide to the More Common Trees Found in North America to help us determine the tree we were observing while in the field. It’s just a brief guide and was an inexpensive alternative that wasn’t too intricate for us.
- alternate- staggered leaves
- broadleaf- a tree with flat thin leaves that generally shed annually
- compound (leaf)- a leaf with more than one blade, where leaves attach to tree there is a bud
- conifer- a cone bearing tree
- deciduous- shed leaves annually
- evergreen-trees who’s leaves are needle like and remain alive through winter season
- opposite- leaves are directly across from one another
Tree Notebook Pages
What better time to study trees than in the fall? Actually, studying trees is appropriate at any time of year but the leaves right now are brilliant! Our little study was a nice addition to our science curriculum offering an in the field science activity. I was inspired to make Tree Notebook pages to compliment my other Nature Notebook Pages. You can use the Tree Notebook Pages I have created in a variety of ways. Two possibilities are as a compliment to a unit study or text without a workbook and using them just by themselves and doing research.
The Tree Notebook Pages that I created also include several blank pages that can be used with any tree activity. Additionally, there are 10 lined pages in a variety of styles.
You can use the Tree Notebook Pages with any age but they are designed for elementary through middle school. The best thing about them is that they can be used in multiple ways with multiple children over the years. So they are are a small investment that will reap rewards for years to come! There are a total of 43 pages for only $3.99.
Tree Unit Study Resources:
Elementary Tree Nature Units & Beyond:
Handbook of Nature Study Blog Units
Deciduous Trees , Leaf Experiment- Chromotography, The Study of a Twig, October Creation Club Trees, and Nature Study-Leaves : Our Journey Westward
Fall Tree Unit Resources and Leaf Unit Study: The Homeschool Scientist
Tree Fact Cards: Sally Borrink Learning
Trees Worth Knowing and The First Book of Trees: Homeschool Commons
Tree Unit Study: Unlikely Homeschool
Christmas Tree Science: Starts at Eight
Rainforest Unit Study : Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus
Autumn Tree Study: Serving from Home