Reflection: Student Ownership Seasons of A Tree - Section 3: Engage


This lesson is the culminating lesson of our tree unit. My kids know all the parts of a tree and the function of each part. This lesson brings them to an understanding of how the attributes of a tree changes throughout the seasons of the year.

I chose this lesson because it's hands-on and art-based, but valuable. The kids love this lesson and gain a lot of information about seasons from it. It is intended to be fun and engaging, but to take up no more than one class period to complete. With this in mind, the gluing of balling up and gluing the tissue paper was becoming too time-consuming. One of my students noticed this and suggested that we stop balling the tissue paper and just glue them down as squares. This was a wonderful idea!

I agreed with the student and announced to the class that we will stop balling the tissue and begin gluing them down in full squares. We end up completing our projects be the end of the class period. This small action is noticed by the students and they realize that they do have ownership of their work and that their voices and needs are heard in my classroom. The smallest gestures make the biggest difference.

  Student Ownership: Consider their suggestions and go with them
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Seasons of A Tree

Unit 3: One, Two, TREE!!
Lesson 5 of 7

Objective: SWBAT determine what season it is by utilizing the seasonal characteristics of a tree and creating a beautiful art piece.

Big Idea: Kids will use the power of visual observation to determine what season it is in pictures and videos.

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Science, tree, leaf, seasons
  45 minutes
tree art
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