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Upper elementary schoolers investigate philanthropy and selflessness by reading a children's book. In this ethics lesson plan, 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.
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.
Students observe plant growth and the parts of a plant. In 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. Students listen to The Giving Tree and explain the interdependence of plants and animals.
Students identify why trees are important. In this environmental lesson, students read the book The Giving Tree and list reasons why humans need trees. Students create a storybook to explain why other natural resources are important to humans.
Students explore kind behavior. In this values development and literacy lesson, students listen to The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, then generate a class list of ways the tree helped the boy and ways in which the boy helped the tree. Students choose a person in their life whom they appreciate and make a greeting card with a cheerful message for him or her.
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. To conclude, they create a thank you card that could be sent from the boy to the ever giving tree.
For this The Giving Tree worksheet, students read the story The Giving Tree and identify words with pictures, fill in missing words, write correct numbers, and answer short answer questions. Students complete 4 activities.
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.
In this reading comprehension on-line learning exercise, students answer 11 multiple choice questions showing their understanding of The Giving Tree. They check their answers with the on-line tool.
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.
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.
Fourth graders close their eyes and spend two minutes visualizing pleasant experiences, then open their eyes and share their experiences. This leads to the reading of The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein.
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.
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.
Students read the book The Giving Tree. In this literature lesson, students read the text and identify the theme of the book. Students create a "Giving and Receiving Journal" to record things that they give and receive.
Students discuss and think critically about a narrative text, "The Giving Tree," by Shel Silverstein, recognize and describe the theme of the book. They consider the importance of giving and record personal experiences in a journal.
Sixth graders act out a story.  In this story cycle lesson, 6th graders review the use of a wheel or cycle in stories such as Tuck Everlasting and The Giving Tree.  Students create a booklet of vivid words and figurative language found in Tuck Everlasting, perform reader's theater for chapter 5, and write in their journals.
Students listen as the teacher reads "The Giving Tree." they discuss all the things the tree gave the boy throughout his life. They discuss ways they benefit from trees. This studying culminates with a tree walk and planting a tree in a container to take home and replant.
Fourth graders participate in a shared reading of The Giving Tree. They discuss the relationship between trees and people in the story. Students contribute to a class KWL chart. They create their own KWL chart with at least four things each. Students write an entry in their learning log.
Students investigate the virtue of kindness and giving by conducting a children's literature study of "The Giving Tree". They make a list of words to describe emotions in the story and write a journal daily while looking at the virtues and make personal connections.

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