The giant sequoia is the most massive living organism on
Earth. It is a tree, magnificent in dimension and awe inspiring
in its longevity and durability. To stand in the company of
such giants is to experience the scale of life.
To a kindergartner the oak on the corner, the pines at the
park, and the mulberry trees at school are giants. Systematic
investigation of trees will bring students to a better understanding
of trees’ place at school and in the community, and
will provide some solid experiences on the way to understanding
FOSS EXPECTS STUDENTS TO
- Develop a growing curiosity and interest in the living
things that make up their world.
- Observe and describe the properties of trees and leaves
in the schoolyard.
- Compare the similarities and differences of the trees
and leaves observed on mini–field trips.
- Help plant and care for a tree temporarily in the classroom,
then permanently in the schoolyard.
- Observe trees throughout the school year for changes that
come with the different seasons.
- Compare the shapes of leaves to geometric shapes.
- Compare the size and edges of leaves, using a reference
- Use pictorial experiences to heighten their awareness
of the diversity and variety of trees and leaves.
- Acquire the vocabulary associated with the properties
and structures of trees and leaves.
- Use drawings and oral language to describe observations.