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Give or Take?


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Give or Take?

In this outdoor activity, learners work in pairs using their senses—especially touch—to learn more about individual trees. After reading and discussing Shel Silverstein's storybook "The Giving Tree," learners conduct a field study of different trees. Each learner explores and answers questions about a particular tree's bark, age, smell, roots, leaves, and fruit, and what wildlife is found in or near the tree. In a latter part of the activity, learners wear blindfolds and try to identify their tree without using their sense of sight.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Field Trip, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • The Giving Tree book by Shel Silverstein
  • dark bandanas for blindfolds (enough for 1/2 the group)
  • paper
  • crayons
  • pencils/pens
  • list of questions for each pair of learners

Subjects


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
      • Animals
      • Classification
      • Biodiversity
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems
      • Biodiversity
      • Human Impact
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Touch
      • Smell
      • Vision
      • Hearing
      • Perception
  • Mathematics
    • Measurement
  • The Nature of Science
    • Science and Society
      • Ethics
    • The Scientific Process
      • About Inquiry
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data

Informal Categories


  • Animals
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Literature
  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • hear
  • be mobile
  • smell
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, National 4-H Council, ©2009

Funding Source:

  • TOYOTA

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