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I've never tried unit studies, ever. I would love to try something involving nature or trees. Does anyone know where I can find something like that? I've tried a couple of sites but can't find anything just on nature or trees. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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is this for your youngest, or for the older kids....or are you trying to incorporate it for all of them? a unit study on nature and/or trees is fairly broad, so i think you could easily create your own. i can offer some suggestions maybe.
 

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It's mainly for my youngest (age 6). She had one page in her science workbook today on trees and we want to delve in a bit more and study about trees and see where it goes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> I found some sites with craft ideas. This morning, for instance, we made animals out of twigs and leaves. She made a turtle, an elephant and we made our family out of Poplar leaves. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> It was fun.<br><br>
I found a site that charges $3.95 for unit studies but can't seem to find one just on trees. It's a site that has unit studies that can be downloaded. I'm sure I could come up with some things but I'm just not very creative.
 

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<span>Here's an interesting site:<br><br><a href="http://www.sciencemadesimple.com/leaves.html#PROJECTS" target="_blank">Why do leaves change color in the fall?</a><br><br>
And you can probably find some others through my page of annotated links to <a href="http://besthomeschooling.org/gateway/inted04.html" target="_blank">science and nature sites</a>.<br><br>
Lillian</span>
 

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I'm not sure if this is the kind of thing you are wanting but if it were me I would put together my own unit study with field trips and resources and activities.<br><br>
field trips: arboreteum, tree nursery, tree planting, woods<br><br>
activities:<br>
make a leaf book,<br>
do a tree inventory of your neighbourhood<br>
plant seeds to grow different kinds of trees (apple, orange etc)<br>
investigate the rings of a tree under a microscope<br>
do a leaf or tree scavenger hunt<br>
collect seeds and nuts and compare<br>
plan a meal or snack made just from things from trees<br>
some versions of tree art<br><br>
If you google tree lesson plans there are tonnes of ideas - mostly classroom based but you can get a lot of ideas from them.<br><a href="http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson/lesson309.shtml" target="_blank">Here's a good start at Education World</a><br><br>
I'd incorporate a lot of tree literature (poems, folklore, picture books, movies - there is a wonderful one called The Man who Planted Trees and Bill Nye has a forest episode. Maybe make a book tree for your wall with the leaves being books you have read about trees.<br>
There are science and early reading printouts at Enchanted learning and tree/leaf math activities at mathwire. You can dowload some Montessori control cards (use for a matching game) from <a href="http://www.montessorimaterials.org/science.htm#bot" target="_blank">here</a> and some more resources <a href="http://ellenjmchenry.com/id31.html" target="_blank">here</a><br>
There are some <a href="http://www.sciencemadesimple.com/leaves.html" target="_blank">fun science experiements here</a> to learn about why leaves change colour.<br><br>
The Let's read and find out series is great for science and they have a few books related to trees.<br>
Here are more I have used and liked<br>
Tell me Tree by Gail Gibbons,<br>
A log's life by Wendy Pfeffer,<br>
Sky tree : seeing science through art by Thomas Locker,<br>
Have you seen trees? by Joanne Oppenheim,<br>
Crinkleroot's guide to knowing the trees by Jik Arnosky,<br>
The Great Kapok Tree <a href="http://www.homeschoolshare.com/great_kapok_tree.php" target="_blank">lesson plan and lap book</a><br><br>
I found this too. <a href="http://www.inhs.uiuc.edu/resources/tree_kit/" target="_blank">Kids for Trees</a><br><br>
hth<br>
Karen
 

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Thanks everyone. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> These are all great.
 

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sorry i never posted back yesterday. i forgot. i found puppies!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
here's a good unit study with "trees" as the main subject, based on the book "meeting trees": <a href="http://www.homeschoolshare.com/meeting_trees.php" target="_blank">http://www.homeschoolshare.com/meeting_trees.php</a><br><br>
here are some nature journal pages, etc. that would be perfect too.<br><a href="http://www.homeschoolshare.com/nature_journal.php" target="_blank">http://www.homeschoolshare.com/nature_journal.php</a><br><br>
we've done leaf rubbings several times this month, and my daughter absolutely loves it! last year we did a small unit study with fall leafs and it would be perfect with a unit on trees!! here's the link (and you can download the leaf book toward the end too!). <a href="http://www.littlegiraffes.com/fall.html" target="_blank">http://www.littlegiraffes.com/fall.html</a><br><br><br>
here are more unit studies that may interest you.. we love um.<br><a href="http://www.homeschoolshare.com/level3.php" target="_blank">http://www.homeschoolshare.com/level3.php</a>
 
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