The Giving Tree (Celebrate Earth Day!)

Samantha Henry
Grade Levels
1st - 2nd
Formats Included
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27 pages
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Samantha Henry


In Depth (Common Core aligned) Lesson Plan for The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. The focus for the lesson is Cause & Effect and Central Message. This is a great activity to do with your students for Earth Day, but a valuable lesson for any time of the year!!

Subject: Science / Reading

Topic: Cause and Effect; RL 1.2 Central Message

Grade: 1-2 (modify to fit the needs of your students)

Guiding Question: How is the earth affected by the influence of man?

Specific Objectives:

- Students will demonstrate an understanding of the central message in “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein.

- Students will recognize the relationship of cause and effect on Earth’s resources.

- Students will analyze a photograph of pollution of Earth’s natural resources and assess the cause and effect relationship.

Included in this packet:

*4 pages of in-depth lesson plan instructions for teacher & students (I used this lesson for an observation!)

*Classroom posters/printables

*Student Materials for group work & individual work

*Self- Assessment

*Extension "The Giving School" (doubles as a bulletin board/hallway display!)

Your students will LOVE this companion set for The Giving Tree! My favorite time to use this packet is for EARTH DAY!!

Total Pages
27 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.


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