Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Our Teacher Network Guardian this week has the resources to help you and your students to get involved in National Tree Week

All schools in the United Kingdom is invited to plant a tree in a field as part of National Tree Week (26 November-December 4). The initiative was launched in 1975 and is estimated that more than one million trees will be planted later this week alone. If you are interested - or even encourage their students to learn about the trees - there are a variety of online resources for teachers and tutors can help. The Council tree is responsible for organizing the National Week of the tree, and the organization has published a series of tips on how and where to plant trees. It has also developed a poster that can be used to advertise their events in tree planting, with an interactive map that shows what is happening in your area and throughout the UK.

The Woodland Trust provides free trees to schools and youth groups to plant, and the organization has produced a booklet of 70 pages to link the activities of the National Tree Week. Ideas include a treasure hunt in winter, tips on how to create an "art of ice", using natural objects such as cones and skeletons of leaves, a crossword puzzle on the theme of the tree and examples of different techniques that can be used for painting or drawing of trees. To help elementary students to identify different species of trees, the Woodland Trust, has developed an identification card that can be used during the winter twigs, and a sheet of paper chase helpful in identifying the leaves. Older students can learn about the identification and classification of living things with this kind of science created by the Guardian.
Additional information on the trees

- including its importance as a home for animals and their role as the "lungs of the world" - is contained in this article in Education Guardian. Useful for reading comprehension tasks, the article may be used by students to study why some trees lose their leaves in the fall and the meaning of "chlorophyll" and "photosynthesis." The article includes a link to a short animation how to calculate the age of a tree by counting its rings and instructions on how to make an inclinometer, a device that can be used to measure the height of a tree.

. The Network teachers Guardian offers thousands of lesson plans and interactive media. To view and share their own resources, go to There are hundreds of jobs on the site, and Schools can advertise for free before Christmas

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