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Into the Trees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I admit that our tree unit was just as much for me and my husband as for our kids. We all love to be outdoors, especially in the forest, and this list helped us better identify and appreciate the trees around us. The selections here represent the full life cycle of trees, from seed to decomposing log, and, as in all our science units, I’ve included a bit of history, literature, and art, too, to show the breadth and beauty of these arboreal wonders. Now in our yard and in the forest, there’s more to explore and more to enjoy.

  1. Watch The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about That: Breeze from the Trees!
  2. Celebritrees: Historic & Famous Trees of the World by Margi Preus and Rebecca Gibbon
  3. Hop, Bunny! Explore the Forest by Susan Neuman
  4. In a Nutshell by Joseph Anthony and Cris Arbo
  5. In the Woods: Who’s Been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George
  6. A Leaf Can Be… by Laura Purdie Salas and Violeta Dabija
  7. A Log’s Life by Wendy Pfeffer and Robin Brickman
  8. Nature’s Green Umbrella: Tropical Rain Forests by Gail Gibbons
  9. Old Elm Speaks: Tree Poems by Kristine O’Connell George and Kate Kiesler
  10. Once There Was a Tree by Natalia Romanova and Gennady Spirin
  11. Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John “Appleseed” Chapman by Esmé Raji Codell and Lynne Rae Perkins
  12. Seed to Plant by Kristin Baird Rattini
  13. Sky Tree by Thomas Locker
  14. Song of the Trees by Mildred D. Taylor
  15. A Tree Is a Plant by Clyde Robert Bulla and Stacey Schuett
  16. A Tree Is Nice by Janice May Udry and Marc Simont
  17. The Tree Doctor by Tish Rabe and Tom Brannon
  18. Trees, Leaves, and Bark by Diane Burns and Linda Garrow
  19. Who Will Plant a Tree? by Jerry Pallotta and Tom Leonard
  20. Why Do Leaves Change Color? by Betsy Maestro and Loretta Krupinski
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Plant Reads, No Green Thumb Required

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By now the bunnies have eaten most of our kale; clearly, we do not have a rabbit-proof fence. But even the process of failing to garden teaches us a lot about gardening. In addition to reading and watching the items on this list, we’ve spent a lot of time in the dirt, befriending the worms and dropping in seeds with a hope and a prayer. It’s clear to my children that my father has a green thumb and I do not, yet we’re persevering with patience. We made terrariums to observe the water cycle and started some of our seedlings safely indoors. These resources helped us appreciate the process of gardening and understand the earth as the source of our food. And, hey, there’s still hope for the squash….

  1. The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
  2. Watch DK Eyewitness Plant
  3. From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons
  4. How a Seed Grows by Helene Jordan and Loretta Krupinski
  5. Jack and the Beanstalk by Paul Galdone
  6. The Magic School Bus Plants Seeds: A Book about How Living Things Grow by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen
  7. Oh Say Can You Seed? All About Flowering Plants by Bonnie Worth and Aristides Ruiz
  8. The Plant Hunters by Anita Silvey
  9. Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
  10. A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long
  11. Seed to Plant by Kristin Baird Rattini
  12. Watch Dinosaur Train’s Tiny’s Garden
  13. The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
  14. Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal