Life Cycle - Plants (2B)
Post Lab 

  • Exploring the natural environment of trees.
  • Discovering the importance of trees.
  • environment
  • tree

Students use the Internet to classify trees in the community.


If the students enjoyed the previous labs, they will be thinking about how to classify every tree and flower that they see around. The local environment will become their classroom if you can continue to help them discover the trees and flowers.

Even if you do not know your trees, it is important for students to learn to look.  They can compare bark, leaves, and the overall look of the trees.

There are many publications to help you identify your local trees and flowers, but the Internet may make it easier.  Conduct a search of local trees in your area.  Try to find out if a tree is native to the area or if an ornamental.  A local nursery may be able to help. Ask parents to help out, there is always someone who can identify plants!  

  1. Read Gary the Gardener and discuss the different tools used by Gary.  Students usually don't think about what tools can help care for a tree.  The different tools can be investigated easily as you read this poem.   You many want to include a discussion on how the human body uses tools (simple machines) to perform work.  Tools are not only helpful, but it helps take care of a tree. 

    Gary the Gardener                 

    Gary worked in his garden
    From early day until night
    His garden needed something
    And a tree seemed right

    Gary needed something sturdy
    Four wheels and a handle part
    For moving his tools and tree
    He chose this garden cart

    Gary got  his round pointed shovel
    To make a hole in the ground
    Digging out the soil was easy
    He noticed  he made a mound

    Gary used the wheelbarrow
    He had to balance the dirt
    A person shouldn’t ride in here
    Or else they may get hurt

    The tree was finally planted
    Gary was proud as can be
    And as time passed on
    There was a beautiful big tree

    The tree was growing and healthy
    Except wrapped around was a vine
    Gary needed a hand pruner
    He was running out of time

    Gary held the branch with one hand
    Placed the blade near its base
    Squeezed the handles together
    Then moved the vine to another place

    Gary was looking at the tree
    Weeds began to grow
    He knew what he needed
    It was a garden hoe

    Gary held the flat side of the head
    Kept it parallel to the ground
    He pulled it towards himself
    Till no more weeds were found

    Leaves fell from the tree
    Gary got his leaf rake
    He swept it like a broom
    A pile is what he’d make

    The winter season was approaching
    And the tree had weak limbs
    Pruning is a healthy method
    Gary thought it could use a trim

    Gary was surprised by this tool
    These loppers had strength
    He gripped it with two hands
    Gary noticed the handles length

    He placed the blade around the limb
    A nice cut did appear
    Other branches were thick as a  finger
    Was  a pruning saw near?

    Gary’s neighbor Nick was very kind
    He said, “One thing you have to do.”
    Make a cut close to the trunk
    And cut all the way through

    Gary’s tree stood in his garden
    There was a task to complete
    Hedge clippers  is what is needed
    To trim and keep his trees looking neat  

     It’s a tool that looks like scissors
     For branches that are not thick
    Trim only the tips of the branches
    This was good advice from Nick

    Gary’s garden was finished
    Now all he had to do
    Was  remember to water
    So his plants would look new


  2. Ask students to go home and find a tree they can identify with their family.  Ask them to bring in a leaf of the plant and to draw what the tree looks like.   
    You can increase your own collections, especially with pieces of branches and cones by asking the students that if they see good specimens to bring one to the classroom. Branches can be easily sawed and the ends sandpapered. If you have trouble identifying the plants consult your local nursery, they will be glad to help.
  3. The Eyewitness book on Trees is also an excellent book, not only for the pictures but the information that it can provide the teacher. This book is recommended as a picture book.

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