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The poetic prose and colourful illustrations bring nature's music to life in this story about a young oak sapling that sprouts from an acorn and grows into a majestic tree. Seasonal melodies of wind, rain and snow are accompanied by the voices of animals that inhabit the branches and the laughter of children that play in the forest. When the tree reaches the end of it's life, young readers will learn that the the biological rhythms of our living world will always continue as long as we all respect and care for our environment.
This book supports Grade K-3 Science outcomes related to plant growth, habitats, animal needs and seasonal variations in nature. The poetic form of the story also provides an opportunity for young readers to strengthen vocabulary skills while practicing word pattern and rhyme recognition. The publisher includes a free accompanying lesson plan on their website that contains additional ideas for English Language Arts projects.
Extending this story into a classroom action project could involve students in developing a school green space that provides trees for wildlife and a natural area for students to enjoy. Tree Canada is an organization that supports the greening of communities across Canada. Resources and funding are also available for schools that are interested in planting trees on school grounds.
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