Trees Are Terrific!



Suggested Time: 45 minutes


Maryland State Curriculum:



Standard 2.0 Comprehension of Informational Text

      Topic: A. Comprehension of Informational Text

            Indicator: 1. Develop comprehension skills by reading a variety of self-selected and assigned informational texts

                  Objectives: a. Listen to nonfiction materials

Objective: Students will demonstrate comprehension skills after listening and reading informational text.


Standard 2.0 Knowledge of Geometry

      Topic A. Plane Geometric Figures

            Indicator: 1. Recognize and apply the properties/attributes of plane geometric figures

                  Objective: a. Identify, name, and compare triangles, circles, squares, rectangles, and rhombi by their attributes

Objective: Students will compare plane geometric figures by their attributes


      Living Things

Objective: Students will identify and compare the parts of a plant.



Maryland Technology Literacy Standards for Students:


5.0 Technology for Information Use and Management: Use technology to locate, evaluate, gather, and organize information and data.

    A. Locate, Evaluate, and Gather Information/Data

        1. Explore and use age appropriate information resources available through technology

            a) Select relevant information from appropriate technology resources (such as databases, library catalogs, and electronic reference materials) (SLM 2.1.A1b) (CUB, DB)

 Objective: Students will explore electronic reference materials on an age-appropriate website.


Resources Needed:

Computer lab and headphones/speakers

Internet Access (Trees are Terrific)


Links to Prior Knowledge: Students should be able to log on and off and maneuver a mouse

Readiness Activity:  Preparing young children to learn through a website might not be as difficult as it seems. Travels with Pierre will lead you through the basic knowledge of trees and how important they are to us.

Discuss trees with the students before you even begin to use the website. Find out how much is known, and ask the following questions:

  • What is a tree? Is it a plant? Is it an animal? Is it alive?
  • Do we need trees? Why?
  • What good are trees to us?
  • How are trees different?
  • What do trees need to live?
  • What do trees eat?
  • What would our world look like without trees?




    1. Have students log on and put on headphones
    2. Have students locate click on the Trees are Terrific link
    1. Have students meet Pierre the Acorn.  He will guide the students through the interactive website where the students will learn about the importance of trees.
    2. When finished,  discuss the website with student, especially the slides where Pierre asks questions
    3. Students can complete the worksheet on Trees are Terrific.




Follow-Up: Several options! 

    Make leaf rubbings in the classroom (directions on the website). 

    Draw a tree and identify its main parts (leaves, branches, trunk, roots)

    Divide a piece of paper in fourths and have students draw and label a tree as it looks in each season.

    Read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein



Students may need assistance on the worksheet