Bilingual Programs Chapter

Elementary Program: Diversion y descubrimiento con árboles / Tree Discovery Fun

Books to Share

  • árboles por todas partes byRosanela Alvarez.
  • El ciclo de vida de árbol by Bobbie Kalman.
  • The Life Cycle of a Tree by Bobbie Kalman.
  • The Magic School Bus: The Wild Leaf Ride byJudith Bauer Stamper.
  • Why Do Leaves Change Color? by Betsy Maestro.

Books to Show

  • Science Project Ideas About Trees by Robert Gardner.
  • Tree (DK Eyewitness Guides) by David Burnie.
  • A Tree Is Growing byArthur Dorros.

Bulletin Board

Life Cycle of an Apple Tree

Cover your bulletin board with bright yellow or light blue paper. Using the pattern provided in this program as an example, add all the components for the tree, from the tiny seed to the adult tree. Use arrows to show the growth process of the tree. Incorporate the summer reading program into this display by inviting all your reading club participants to write their names on leaves to be placed on the tree.

Nametags

Trees

Use a die cut or the pattern provided in this program to make tree nametags.

Songs

The Green Grass Grew All Around

(Traditional. The children repeat each line after the librarian sings it. All sing the choruses together. If you are not familiar with the tune, it is available on-line at Songs for Teaching, www.songsforteaching.com/folk/greengrassgrowsallaround.htm.)

There was a tree,

Out in the woods,

The prettiest tree,

That you ever did see.

(Chorus)

The tree in a hole

And the hole in the ground

And the green grass grew all around, all around,

The green grass grew all around

And on that tree,

There was a limb,

The prettiest limb,

That you ever did see.

(Chorus)

The limb on the tree,

And the tree in a hole,

And the hole in the ground

And the green grass grew all around, all around,

The green grass grew all around.

And on that limb,

There was a branch,

The prettiest branch,

That you ever did see.

(Chorus)

The branch on the limb,

And the limb on the tree,

And the tree in a hole,

And the hole in the ground

And the green grass grew all around, all around,

The green grass grew all around.

And on that branch,

There was a nest,

The prettiest nest,

That you ever did see.

(Chorus)

The nest on the branch,

And the branch on the limb,

And the limb on the tree,

And the tree in a hole,

And the hole in the ground

And the green grass grew all around, all around,

The green grass grew all around.

And in that nest,

There was an egg,

The prettiest egg,

That you ever did see.

(Chorus)

The egg in the nest,

And the nest on the branch,

And the branch on the limb,

And the limb on the tree,

And the tree in a hole,

And the hole in the ground

And the green grass grew all around, all around.

The green grass grew all around.

And in that egg,

There was a bird,

The prettiest bird,

That you ever did see.

(Chorus)

The bird in the egg,

And the egg in the nest,

And the nest on the branch,

And the branch on the limb,

And the limb on the tree,

And the tree in a hole,

And the hole in the ground

And the green grass grew all around, all around,

The green grass grew all around.

El césped verde crece por todas partes

(Tradicional. Translated by Paula Gonzales and Alexandra Corona. The children repeat each line after the librarian. All sing the chorus together, adding a line from each verse.)

Había un árbol,

En el bosque,

El árbol más bello,

Que usted ha visto.

(Chorus)

El árbol en el hoyo,

Y el hoyo en la tierra,

Y el pasto verde creciendo alrededor, por todo alrededor.

El pasto verde creció por todo el alrededor.

Y en el árbol,

Había una rama,

La rama más bella,

Que usted ha visto.

(Chorus)

La rama en el árbol,

Y el árbol en el hoyo,

Y el hoyo en la tierra,

Y el pasto verde creciendo alrededor, por todo alrededor.

El pasto verde creció por todo el alrededor.

Y en la rama,

Había un ramita,

La ramita más bella,

Que usted ha visto.

(Chorus)

La ramita en la rama,

Y la rama en el árbol,

Y el árbol en el hoyo,

Y el hoyo en la tierra,

Y el pasto verde creciendo alrededor, por todo alrededor.

El pasto verde creció por todo el alrededor.

Y en la ramita,

Había un nido,

El nido más bello,

Que usted ha visto.

(Chorus)

El nido en la ramita,

Y la ramita en la rama,

Y la rama en el árbol,

Y el árbol en el hoyo,

Y el hoyo en la tierra,

Y el pasto verde creciendo alrededor, por todo alrededor.

El pasto verde creció por todo el alrededor.

Y en el nido,

Había un huevito,

El huevito más bello,

Que usted ha visto,

(Chorus)

El huevito en el nido,

Y el nido en la ramita,

Y la ramita en la rama,

Y la rama en el árbol,

Y el árbol en el hoy,

Y el hoyo en la tierra,

Y el pasto verde creciendo alrededor, por todo alrededor.

El pasto verde creció por todo el alrededor.

Y en el huevito,

Había un pajarito,

El pajarito más bello,

Que usted ha visto.

(Chorus)

El pajarito en el huevito,

Y el huevito en el nido,

Y el nido en la ramita,

Y la ramita en la rama,

Y la rama en el árbol,

Y el árbol en el hoyo,

Y el hoyo en la tierra,

Y el pasto verde creciendo alrededor, por todo alrededor.

El pasto verde creció por todo el alrededor.

Audio Recordings

“The Old Hollow Tree” on It All Comes Together Right Here by Non-Toxic Band.

Crafts

Scratch and Sniff Cherry Tree

Materials
  • Heavy cardstock paper
  • Crayons or markers
  • Paintbrushes
  • Pre-mixed cherry flavored Kool-Aid®
Directions

In advance, prepare cherry scented paint by mixing equal amounts of unsweetened cherry flavor Kool-Aid® and warm water in a container with a lid. Also in advance, copy the tree pattern provided in this program onto cardstock. Allow the children to color the tree with crayons or markers and then paint circles for the cherries with the cherry flavored Kool-Aid® mix, using the paintbrushes. Tell the children to let the paint to dry completely for 24 hours before scratching and sniffing the cherry scent.

Games and Activities

Leaf Matching Game

Let each child create a game board using the game pattern provided in this program, or make enough copies in advance for each child to have a set. The patterns include five leaves: a red oak, an elm, a maple, a birch, and a white oak. Play a leaf matching game and give small prizes or treats to children who can match the correct leaf to the leaf name. Let the children to look through the books listed in the Books to Share and Books to Show sections to learn more about leaves and to find the answers.

Plant Experiment

In advance, gather pinto or lima beans, paper cups, potting soil, and water. Guide the children in an experiment that compares the growth of plants that are placed in the sun and plants that are kept in a dark area. Instructions for the experiment are on-line at Think Quest Library, http://library.thinkquest.org/15215/Activities/Projects/plantexperiment.html. Let the children plant beans in two cups. The children can take their plants home and track the growth of the seeds under conditions of light and dark. They should see initial growth within a week but the full experiment will take up to four weeks. Keep one set of plants in the library for all to view.

Guest Speakers

Invite a gardener from a local nursery or tree farm to demonstrate planting techniques, shows sprouting plants, and talk about the importance of trees to our environment.

Web Sites

Los árboles son fabulosos…aprende mas con Pedro


www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/trees1_sp/index.html
This site, “Trees Are Terrific, Travels with Pierre,” created by the University of Illinois, can be viewed in English or Spanish. The web site provides an interactive learning experience that includes information about the anatomy of trees, tree types, tree shapes and more.


Build a Tree Ring Timeline

www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/vikings/treering.html
This web site from NOVA contains an electronic game for building a tree-ring timeline.


Label the Parts of a Tree In Spanish

www.enchantedlearning.com/language/spanish/label/tree/
This web site includes an activity page in Spanish to color and label the parts of a tree.


Un paseo por el bosque / A Walk Through the Woods

www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/woods%5Fsp/
A Walk through the Woods was designed by the University of Illinois to create a virtual walk in the woods to learn and appreciate nature and the environment. It is available in English and Spanish.


Real Trees for Kids

www.realtrees4kids.org
This web site includes a wealth of information about Christmas tree types, production, growth and their uses. Activities are provided for children of various ages.

Professional Resources

Songs for Teaching

www.songsforteaching.com
This site for teachers includes sound clips, lyrics, and teaching suggestions arranged thematically.


Think Quest Library

http://library.thinkquest.org
This site, created by students, includes a wide variety of learning resources.

Craft Materials

Tree Nametags

Tree nametags

Appletree Life Cycle Bulletin Board

Apple tree life cycle. See long description.

Scratch and Sniff Cherry Tree Craft

cherry tree

Leaf Matching Game

Matching game with pictures of different leaves



Texas Reading Club 2008 Programming Manual / Texas Reading Club Jubilee: 1958-2008! / Texas Celebrates 50 Years of Reading


Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

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