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Why Would Anyone Cut a Tree Down?

Elementary

Description

Trees and humans have a special connection richly illustrated by the vibrant paintings in this electronic book.  As students learn about the impressive ecological and social benefits of trees they are also reminded that trees are living organisms within the circle of life.  However, the death of a tree is not the end of the story.  Forests are a renewable natural resource that if cared for will keep our planet healthy for generations to come.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

This book supports science outcomes related to ecosystems, and plant growth.  There are also strong links to Social Studies discussions about sustainability and human interactions with the environment.  An accompanying mini-curriculum includes lessons and worksheets about renewable resources and conservation.  Reading this book provides a great introduction to outdoor, nature based learning activities.  Trees could be explored using all of the senses or a local naturalist could lead a class in investigating animal use of a forested area.  A special event that links stewardship and citizenship outcomes could have students organizing a tree planting ceremony to honour a community hero.

Relevant Grades and Subjects

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  • Kindergarten
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Themes Addressed

  • Ecosystems (1)

    • Appreciating the Natural World
  • Land Use & Natural Resources (2)

    • Forests
    • Planting Native Species