These activities encourage appreciation for trees and animals that live in tree homes, stimulating children’s interest in the world around them and emphasizing the biological need for warmth and shelter. Children become familiar with a living tree, then build a child-size tree from cardboard boxes, paper, and cardboard tubes. The class role-plays a mother bear and cubs, raccoons, and a family of owls and their tree homes. Students make paper models of raccoons and owls. Sorting/classifying and measurement deepen mathematical learning.
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