Discovering the story of The Giving Tree, students will explore the main idea through summarizing/sequencing the story. Connecting to the main idea of “giving,” students will explore the artistry of trees in order to create their own tree that “gives”. In addition, students will connect elements of movement through positions of yoga and use it to create a narrative performance task, as well as a guide to “warming up” each of the day’s activities. This module investigates what trees can provide, as well as compares and contrasts similar books by different authors. The seasons of trees will be extended upon, utilizing the yoga tree pose as representation in different ways, related to the varying “seasons” of the tree.
Before you begin...Each Artful Reading Module is flexibly designed for a 2-3 week duration. Lessons are marked for Before-, During-, or After-Reading to guide your planning. We have added a sample of an After-Reading lesson entitled Vocabulary Trees for you to preview. Each lesson is formatted on a Teacher Lesson Card so you have all the information you need at your fingertips when it’s time to deliver.
This module contains the following Teacher Lesson Cards:
- Tree Exploration
- Leaf Rubbing
- How Trees Provide
- Different Ways of Giving
- Beginning, Middle, End
- Types of Trees
- I Am Yoga
- Vocabulary Trees
- Comparing Texts
- Tree Art
At the end of the module, you’ll find options for summative writing tasks and optional extensions that can stretch the module further.
For your reference, we have added images of the literacy standards matrix for this module.Key Vocabulary
Giving, Gather, Crowns, Forest, Trunk, Branches, Roots, Shade, Joy, Weak, Stump, Climb
Note: This module is part of 2nd Grade: Series 1. The four modules in Series 1 collectively address all National ELA and Core Arts Standards.