This list provides further ideas and resources for teachers taking part in the BBC Terrific Scientific campaign. It offers activities linked to the investigation on trees.
Links and Resources
This resource, aimed at upper primary level, provides six activities to find the height of a tree. Linked to the topics of measurement, geometry and ratio it provides an opportunity for estimating, measuring and calculating. Teachers’ notes are provided which outline each method, along with a children’s worksheet.
This resource supports learning about trees and is great to use when visiting a woodland area, local park or even school grounds. The activities also help to develop measuring and data handling skills.
The activities are:
Leaf bingo – match leaves to their descriptions
Leaf identification - use a guide to help identify leaves
Measuring trees – take a bark rubbing, measure a tree and calculate its age
Canopy area - measure the tree canopy area
Sheets that may be used to support children in identifying trees from their leaf shape, also a few sheets to support vocabulary around trees.
A good idea is to collect leaf samples in the autumn and laminate them, then you can carry out a matching activity at any time of the year. You can also provide the laminated leaves to children to match it to leaves that they observe whilst on a visit to a local woodland area.
This teaching package investigates the science of tree rings (dendrochronology). It looks at cut tree trunks to determine the age of the tree, how fast it grew and climatic conditions during its growth. It also includes a case study of an area in North Staffordshire where forest trees were cut down.
In this activity children make careful observations of trees by estimating the number of leaves and branches, drawing leaves and taking bark rubbings. Other ideas could be to take photographs of trees and leaves. This activity could be done at different times of the year so children are able to observe a change over time and reinforce work on lifecycles and seasons.
This collection of resources encourages children to draw inspiration from the life and work of Charles Darwin to develop their understanding of the natural world. Working as 'Plant Detectives’ children find out how Kew scientists identified mystery seeds and then embark on their own detecting challenge; to identify mystery seeds using evidence from observations and creative thinking.
This older book contains some great ideas for learning about trees at different times of the year. General ideas for using trees and woods in science are detailed on pages 2-5. Spring activities include working with twigs and constructing keys. Summer activities include exploring trees in the countryside and towns and making special visits.
This activity encourages students to make observations, record data and be aware of the links between weather and trees. Students work with their peers to collect data using drawings or photographs. They also make notes about the weather and surroundings so they can refer back to this data at a later time.