Bring nature into your classroom with this collaborative process!
I don’t know about you all, but its raining acorns over here! So, we decided to plant a class tree. We have quite a few steps for this process, so I’ll just take you on a picture walk. But first, let me give you a little background information!
Introducing a Story
We spent a whole day discussing acorns. We read “Dot and Jabber and the Great Acorn Mystery” by Ellen Stoll Walsh. We became acorn detectives of our own! We did all kinds of things with the acorns we found like: estimating, washing, painting, weighing, and sorting! At the end of our week, we kept one special acorn behind. This would be the acorn that would grow into our class tree!
Getting Ready for our Tree
First, we had to go collect our acorns – this wasn’t hard to do with all the oak trees in the yard!
Adding our Tree “Leaves”
Then, we made our tree leaves! All you need for this is some green paint, a paper plate, some glue, and a handful of acorns!
Now, let’s Plant our Acorn!
Before we planted the acorn, each child had a chance to wish our little acorn good luck and plop our little acorn was planted!
You’ll need to make the trunk of your tree so it can dry; while the kids are gone, of course!
Our Beautiful Oak Tree
Once everything is dry, it’s time to hang everything up! Our students were beyond excited to return to school and see that our little acorn had grown into an oak tree! It made the end results that much more worth it because they were involved from start to finish!
More to grow on!