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TREES MODULE MATRIX
INTERDISCIPLINARY EXTENSIONS
FOSS SCIENCE STORIES
TECHNOLOGY/HOME CONNECTION

1.
FALL TREES
• Use science journals.
• Make a tree-observation class book.
• Review parts of a tree.
• Make more puzzles.
• Hang up the trunk-circumference
strings.
• Measure the circumference strings.
• Plan a discovery center.
• Collect prunings.
• Pass the scrapbook on.
• A Tree Comes to Class
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert
• Students survey family members to see how many trees each estimates to be in their yard, block, or local park. When all guesses are in, they take a walk to make an actual count.

2.
LEAVES
• Use science journals.
• Make invitations for back-to-school night or open house.
• Make a leaf-shape bar graph.
• Print T-shirts.
• Make leaf rubbings.
• Try spatter painting.
• Make photo frames.
• Make sunprints.
• Use a two-handed feely box.
• Find your leaf.
• Play What Matches?
• Add to the discovery center.
• Add to the scrapbook.
FOSS Science Stories: Trees, “Where Do Trees Grow?”
Our Very Own Tree by Lawrence F. Lowery
• Students and families play What’s My Leaf? Eight fallen leaves are collected from the same tree. Each player chooses a leaf and studies it well. All the leaves are returned to a bag, mixed up, and spread out on a table. Each player tries to identify his or her leaf.

3.
TREES THROUGH THE SEASONS
• Use science journals.
• Make a tree bulletin board.
• Make a food-from-trees center.
• Watch for seed showers.
• Watch for life in trees.
• Compare cones.
FOSS Science Stories: Trees, “My Apple Tree”
FOSS Science Stories: Trees, “Orange Trees”
FOSS Science Stories: Trees, “Maple Trees”
The Secret Life of Trees by Chiara Chevallier
• Students watch for changes to a tree in their neighborhood throughout the seasons. They look for signs of life in trees, and watch for the emergence of leaves, fruit, and seeds.
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