Do you use Creative Curriculum’s Teaching Strategies Gold in your classroom? After using it for the past 6 years, I have found each year, as I approached a new curriculum, I was scrambling to come up with the materials I would need for each unit. With this set, you won’t have to! Utilizing this set in your classroom, you will have all of the materials necessary to create an Anchor Chart reflecting the “Trees” unit. This downloadable set includes the TSG Anchor Chart topics of:
- What do we know about trees? What do we want to find out?
- What are the characteristics of the trees in our community?
- Who lives in trees?
- What food comes from trees?
- Who takes care of trees?
- How do trees change?
- What can we do with parts of trees?
Each topic features child-friendly picture cards to correspond with each topic, prompting active teacher-student discussion and interaction. Exploring each topic, students can share what they know about Trees in a way that makes sense to them, with topic questions and visual aides that are targeted towards young visual learners. Additionally in this set are options to extend their learning, including Sorting and Labeling activities for different types of trees, such as Oak, Maple, Gingko, Pine, Ash, and Birch. This set also includes sorting activities for leaves that your students may collect on leaf hunts, as well as picture cards for them to determine which animals do or do not live in trees.
To best use this set, print, laminate, and cut. I prefer to add a small magnet piece to the back of each item, so that I can use it with my students on our white board. The pictures used in this set are surrounded by a black square, and are the perfect size for young children to utilize themselves, with guidance. While this set is designed around the TSG curriculum, the opportunities for use are endless!
While talking and learning about trees with my students, we also inevitably end up talking and learning about plants. Included in this set are individual picture cards that will label the different parts of a plant for students to interact with.
In addition, this “Trees (and parts of a plant)” unit features an additional "Ideas to Celebrate Learning" at the end of the set, including ideas that I have used in the past with my students, graphing activities, and more.