The Giving Tree Lesson Plans
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is one book that I distinctly remember from my youth. It is a book that lingers with you. I knew I had to include it my during Earth Day lesson plans.
As part of our Engaging Readers units, we read a text multiple times to dig deep into the meaning. As part of the lessons, we ask the students to discuss the text together before we start to respond. Here are a few examples.
We read the book each day, so having a video is appreciated by the end of the week. Additionally, this provides a different model of fluency.
One response that we practice frequently is making connections. I love this response for a few reasons.
She said, “One day, I gave Makayla a charm. It’s like the tree gave the boy all her apples.”
AND you must appreciate the A+! Right?
The Giving Tree Video
With a close read, we revisit the text multiple times during the week. Having a video version is a welcome break for the teacher and the students. The students are able to experience another model of fluency.
The Giving Tree Craft
I love a good craft to go along with a book. We like to combine the craft with sentence studies. I love how the crafts for The Giving Tree turned out.
You can find all of The Giving Tree Lesson activities shown above by clicking HERE.
The Giving Tree Lessons: STEM
We also like to provide STEM challenges for students. Their task was to plan and build a tree with the supplies given. Here are few of the results.
The STEM activity for The Giving Tree and the differentiated math and literacy centers, are part of our extension unit. You can see it by clicking HERE.
EARTH DAY FREE FILE
I made this little Earth Day Free File game for you! Students will solve equations to build an Earth Day image! Simply add your name to the box below and it will be sent to your inbox.
ADDITIONAL EARTH DAY BLOG POSTS
You may be interested in these blog posts for your Earth Day Lessons: