30 Good Reasons for Trees
Students create their own book of ideas about saving the environment.
What You Need
- resource materials with information on the role of trees in the environment
- drawing materials or graphics software
What to Do
- Explain to students that they are going to create their own book about trees, called 30 Good Reasons for Trees. (The number 30 is a suggestion, but any number will do.)
- Divide the class into groups and distribute the resource materials among them. Suggest that each group spend a set amount of time collecting information that explains how trees are good for the environment. There should be references to the importance of trees in a variety of settings, such as urban, rain forest, and rural areas.
- Form a coordinating committee that will eliminate any duplication and prepare a revised list called “How Trees Are Good for the Environment.”
- Distribute a copy of the revised list to each original group. Have groups brainstorm things that readers of the book might do in order to do their part in helping trees. (Again, the references should take into consideration different settings.) Have the coordinating committee meet again to eliminate duplication and call this information page “What You Can Do to Help Trees.”
- Have volunteers write (by hand or with a word-processing program) a final copy of “How Trees Are Good for the Environment” and “What You Can Do to Help Trees,” leaving space on most pages for illustrations.
- Divide the remaining tasks among students: creating a cover and a table of contents, illustrating the text (by hand or with a graphics program), and assembling the parts.
- Celebrate the completion of the book by holding a Publication Party. The program could include such events as a formal presentation of the book to the library, speeches or songs about trees, and healthy snacks that come at least in part from trees.
- Have students write letters to other classes or a local newspaper, inviting people to go to the library and learn 30 good reasons for trees.
- Have students write their ideas about helping trees on large construction-paper leaves. Then make a large tree for a classroom bulletin board and put the leaves on the tree.