“All good things are wild and free.”
TREES!!! Fall is in full swing by us and this is such a great unit study for us right now, especially with all the fall activities we are doing concurrently. There are so many different interpretations and directions you could take a unit like this, depending on your child's age and interests. From botany to Montessori math, to genealogical and genetic trees, and even computer science data structures (great for older kids), the possibilities are endless with a unit on trees.
We have a lot going on this month so I'll jump right into it.
Montessori Tree Unit Study
This Montessori Tree Unit Study focuses on: Identification, Tree Species, Shapes of Trees (pyramidal, conical, etc), Life Cycles, & Other Types of Trees
I had a lot of fun gathering the materials and setting up the activities. Also, our kids are really enjoying the work thus far, so I'm excited to share what resources make up the focal point of this unit for our family.
Montessori Tree Unit Study Reference Books and Field Guides
- The Practical Naturalist - a great resource for all ages, even covers what gear should be in you/your children's pack when you head out to explore
- Field Guide to the Pacific Northwest - great regional field guide
- Trees: A Rooted History - great for learning the role of trees and extends into various other types of trees
- The Tree Book for Kids and Their Grown-ups - covers a wide variety of tree species indigenous to North America
- Tree - great reference book with large photographic images throughout
- Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World - my hands-down favorite book for mixing nature reference material and art - it's essentially a beautiful nature journal
- Curious Kids Nature Guide: Explore the Amazing Outdoors of the Pacific Northwest - great field guide for kids, regional ecosystem content related to PNW divided by habitat
- Trees Up Close - beautiful little book filled with photography to inspire learning, exploration, and art
- The Life Cycle of a Tree - great life cycle book, contains photographs and illustrations
- Trees, Leaves, and Bark - another one of those awesome take-along guides we use. this is such a lovely series of resources for kids
Montessori Tree Unit Study Picture Books
- Tree Song - couldn't find a link for this lol, but it's a great book if you happen to run into it
- The Sasquatch and the Lumberjack - my daughter loves this book. has really funny illustrations and includes one word per scene for your child to focus on
- Leaf Man - this is a really cute, whimsical storybook
- Tree: A Peek-Thru Picture Book - my 2-year old son really enjoys this book, he likes to hold it and touch everything while I read aloud
- Meeting Trees - heartwarming tale with beautiful paintings throughout
- The Sequoia Lives On - this book is picture book meets reference book. it has the look and feel of a beautiful picture book and includes content about the sequoia tree
- Seeds and Trees - this is a great addition to our peace curriculum and explores the power of words on feelings and emotions
- This Tree Counts! - this is a great counting book and it explores the concept of a tree as a wildlife habitat
Books on Relevant People
- Little Muir's Song - John Muir, mountaineer, naturalist, glaciologist, environmental philosopher
- A Year in the Woods - Henry David Thoreau, transcendentalist, poet, philosopher
- The Tree Lady - Kate Sessions, scientist, botanist, landscape architect
Activities and Shelf Work
- Nature Scavenger Hunt
- Nature Sort using Scavenger Hunt items
- Watercolor canvas using Fall Colors
- Acorn Hide-N-Seek
- Mud Faces on Trees
- Baking with Leaf & Acorn Cookie Cutters
- Leaf & Acorn Garland using Cookie Cutters and Twine
- Drawing Trees/Tree Shapes - Easel/Nature Journal
- Culture Card
- Tree & Leaf Three-Part Cards - Parts of a Tree/Leaf
- Tree & Leaf Puzzles - great on their own for my 2 year old and with 3-part card matching for our 3.5 year old
- Sandpaper Letters - great for matching with 3-part cards and beginning/middle/ending sound matching, letter tracing and recognition
- Moveable Alphabet - great for matching with 3-part cards and beginning/middle/ending sounds, blends
- Oak Tree Life Cycle
- Pine Tree Life Cycle
- Montessori Math Colored Bead Stair/Tree
- Math Colored Bead Stair/Tree Coloring Pages with Control Card
- Object-to-Picture Matching using Safari Trees miniatures and Three-Part Cards
What This Montessori Tree Unit Study Looks Like for Us
A Nature Scavenger Hunt followed by a Nature Collage on a painted canvas.
Matching the Tree Nomenclature card labels to the image followed by object-to-picture matching with the tree manipulatives.
Preparing for an outdoor scavenger hunt at a nearby park.
Given all the materials and the current level of interest, I suspect this unit will keep us occupied well into November. It complements our other works in various subject areas so it's a great fit for us right now.
We already owned most of the materials included in this unit and, with the exception of the Safari Trees 3-Part Cards, the printables were free. We spent approx. $15 putting this unit together. Special thanks to all the curriculum writers who contributed to this Montessori tree unit study.
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Whatever you and your children are up to, we hope you're having a great time too! We'll be back in a bit to share some of our autumn-related work. Happy Fall from all of us to you!
More Unit Studies
- Solar System
- Montessori Grace and Courtesy
- Montessori Second Great Lesson Materials and Follow-Up for Primary & Elementary
More Beginning of the School Year Work
- Practical Life: Care of Self and the Montessori Bathroom
- Practical Life: Care of the Environment
- The Best Montessori Sensorial Materials for Homeschool
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