Tree Journal

Science Activity

In this activity children develop their observation skills by applying their senses to the study of life in and around a single tree. The observations can be done as a whole class project in school or as an individual project at home.



  1. Explain to children that they are going to adopt a tree. To do so, they will learn all they can about the tree and record what they learn in a journal.

  2. With the class, take a walk to locate a nearby tree. The tree you choose should look healthy and stand out somewhat from other trees for easy recognition.

  3. Distribute copies of Take a Closer Look and read it aloud with children.

  4. You can determine over what period of time you wish the observations to take place. If enthusiasm is high, you may wish to extend the activity for more than one season so children can note seasonal differences.

  5. To make a Tree Journal, fold the construction paper in half and tie the pages into book form with yarn or ribbon. After children make observations, have them sign their observations and/or drawings and paste them into the journal. Display the finished journal in the classroom science center.



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