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Selfless Service and The Giving Tree - Building Ethical Conscience
Upper elementary schoolers investigate philanthropy and selflessness by reading a children's book. In this ethics lesson, they read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, and research Mahatma Gandhi's troublesome, yet inspiring, life. Using a fake tree in class, they hang a leaf when they accomplish one of their goal throughout the year.
5th Visual & Performing Arts
The Giving Tree
Students identify facts about trees and examine the importance of friendship. They read and discuss the book The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein, develop a chart of events from the story, explore various websites about trees, and create a poster demonstrating how to help trees.
K - 2nd Social Studies & History
Seeds, Plants, and Us
Students observe plant growth and the parts of a plant. For this plants biology lesson, students identify and describe the job of plant parts after listening to the story The Carrot Seed by Ruth Kraus. Students plant seeds and record data about their health and growth.
1st - 3rd Science
The Giving Tree
Little literature analysts listen as you read The Giving Tree to them and discuss other ways the tree could have helped the little boy.A three-column chart is given to each individual showing what the tree and boy gave to each other and what else the boy could have done with what the tree gave him.
2nd - 5th English Language Arts
Questions for The Book The Giving Tree
Are you studying Shel Silverstein? Focus on The Giving Tree and talk about selflessness in your class. In this online interactive quiz, pupils respond to eleven multiple-choice reading comprehension questions on this particular story. Check your readers' understanding quickly.
1st - 3rd English Language Arts
A unique series of lessons on trees is here for you. The series has learners utilize visual art, musical compositions, and literature in order to examine how trees have a place in a culture. The classic tale, The Giving Tree is one example of a piece of literature that conveys emotion and value around a tree.
7th - 9th Visual & Performing Arts
New Review The Giving Tree
Trees should be appreciated too! Use Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree to explore the many ways trees (dead and alive) give back to their environment. Young botanists listen to the story and talk about what trees can give, including habitats for animals and plants, removing carbon dioxide from the air, food for decomposers, shade, etc.
K - 4th Science
The Giving Tree
Students listen to the story "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein and examine the character trait of respect. They answer story discussion questions, role-play the tree and the boy throughout the story, and create a poster or a skit about caring for the environment.
K - 1st English Language Arts
Taking From the Giving Tree
Students explore the ways in which various American cities negotiate the protection of their "green infrastructure," gaining a broader understanding of proposed and enacted legislation as it relates to preserving and planting trees in urban environments.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History
New Review Teaching Economics Using Children's Literature: The Giving Tree
Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree is a great way to cover multiple concepts in an elementary school classroom. Throughout this lesson, they learn about economic principles such as scarcity and goods, science principles like renewable and non-renewable resources, and character education with a focus on sharing appreciation.
1st - 4th English Language Arts
New Review The Giving Tree - Improvising Music for a Story
If you are reading The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, bring music to your class's interpretation with a lesson about musical improvisation. After listening to Vivaldi's Four Seasons, kids use their own understanding of music as well as classroom instruments to create background music for the story.
K - 2nd English Language Arts
The Giving Tree
Students explore wants and needs. In this ecology and economics lesson, students listen to the story The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein and compile a class list of what the boy got from the tree. Students categorize these items as "wants" or "needs," and then locate items made from trees in magazines to create a poster.
K - 2nd Visual & Performing Arts
Sixth graders edit a partner's draft paper for grammar and structure errors and understand the importance of giving. They write a structured paragraph with correct grammar and describe the theme of book including the main idea and supporting details orally in a class discussion.
6th English Language Arts