interactive pages and projects to support teaching and learning
If you are interested, you may see other similar activities in Module 5 of the Multigrade and Bilingual Classes in VietNam.
The Importance of TreesYou could begin by asking students to brainstorm all they know about local trees, and what makes them important. To generate more ideas, you can prompt students to consider the following questions:
Choosing a Tree to Analyse
Once students have brainstormed as much as they can, they may work as a class or in smaller groups or pairs for the next activity. Below is a small version of the chart with a larger version available from the Student Page for printing out and filling in. To make the chart into a Web page automatically, use the Interactive Handout. Students should choose a local tree to analyse using the items in the charts.
Comparing learning Help students look closely, notice details, and make educated guesses based on what they see and know. You can bring in local experts like farmers or scientists to help students. These people should help students think, not provide the answers. Once students have completed their charts, you might want to compare the findings for all or some of the trees they studied.
Seeing the Poetry in Trees
Many poems have been written inspired by trees. These range from short haiku capturing a moment of life to longer poems reflecting on the purpose of life itself. Poetry can also focus completely on clear descriptive writing and sharp images. A poem can also be fun: think about what kind of person a particular tree would be or use sounds to illustrate the nature of the tree's life. Also consider an extended metaphor poem where each part of the tree represents or symbolises something of the community. For example, the roots might be the crops the farmers grow that link the community to the earth, the bark might be the buildings that offer protection from the weather, etc.
Putting it all Together
Now that students have explored the trees in their area and perhaps expressed themselves in art or poetry, it's time to use the Interactive Handout.
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