Teaching Through Trade Books: Talking Treesby: Marvin Tolman

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Students love outdoor activities and will love them even more when they build confidence in their tree identification and measurement skills. The activities in this month's Teaching Through Trade Books column help students learn to identify the major characteristics of trees and discover how the pace—a nonstandard measuring unit—can be used to estimate not only distances but also the height of a tree.

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  • on Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:15 PM

Using trade books is just the starting point for helping students develop and apply skills for tree identification. Tips for developing observation skills and classification are embedded within the article along with specific directions for teaching students how to estimate the height of trees. Using simple organisms like trees will no doubt stimulate student interest in the outside world and improve their process skills. If you have trees on your school property, this article will aid you in utilizing them to stimulate interest in science.

Patricia McGinnis  (Pottstown, PA)
Patricia McGinnis (Pottstown, PA)

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