If a book I think EVERY elementary school teacher should own, it would have to be "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein. The way this book unfolds and the messages it holds makes it timeless and ageless. If you've never read it (is that even possible?!) this book tells the story of a boy who finds comfort and shade from a special apple tree. As the boys grows older, his needs become greater and the tree offers her apples for selling, her branches for lumber, and her stump for a boat. At the end the tree is merely a stump. There are so many ways to interpret this story and it lends well to class discussions about taking & giving, contentment, and cause & effect to name a few. It's also a GREAT discussion for Earth Day! You can grab your own copy of The Giving Tree from Amazon HERE.
I had an observation scheduled right around Earth Day and I knew I needed to use this book! It was the perfect introduction to teach about the resources the earth provides and the impact man has on the Earth! Here's the basics:
My Guiding Question: How is the earth affected by the influence of man?
You can find this Giving Tree lesson in my TpT store HERE or by clicking the picture below!
And since we're on the subject of trees, I need to tell you about some punny math jokes I made for my students! These Earth Day Math Riddles are perfect for morning work, review, fast finishers, or even homework! These math riddles are incredibly engaging. Students are presented with a joke or riddle and in order to learn the answer they must solve the math problems presented.
This FREEBIE includes three TREE themed jokes:
You can download this Earth Day FREEBIE by clicking HERE or on the picture above! What fun things do you do in your classroom to celebrate Earth Day?