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Use “Prayer of the Woods” as an introduction to a tree’s purpose and usefulness to humans and the interdependence of animals and plants as told from the tree’s perspective. The origin of “Prayer of the Woods” is unknown, yet it appears in state parks, at the entrance of forests, and may date back a century or a millennium. Using the form provided have students create a list of the things trees provide for humans according to the poem.
*Copy of the poem
*Fluency Partner Checklist
*Author's Point of View Chart
*Tree's Gifts to Humans Recording Form
*Text Evidence Recording Form
*Text Comparison T-Chart Prayer of the Woods & The Giving Tree (Legal-Sized Paper)
Students record 5 gifts that trees give to humans and then record 5 phrases from the poem as text evidence.