Exotic Tales

Explore the beauty of the woods with a series of activities about different kinds of trees. The lesson goes into detail about the origin of monkey puzzle trees, the ways that sap from sugar maple trees can be turned into delicious maple syrup, and how dawn redwood trees differ from other redwood trees. Kids then record exotic trees that they see with illustrations and written descriptions.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Take a walk around your school campus and see how many types of trees kids can identify and later research
Classroom Considerations

  • The lesson is based on Big Wood in Cheshire, England; some elements can be adapted for a visit to another forest, but other parts might be challenging to change
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  • Comes with a worksheet for kids to record their observations, as well as a map and legend for Big Wood

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