November 9, 2010

Trees and Forests - A Preschool Unit of Study




Our latest preschool unit of study has been completed. 



















We began with a field trip to the Apple Orchard. 

This was a wonderful 'bridge' between the farm and tree units.




Next, to further help transition from the Farm Unit to the Tree and Forest Unit, we read:

McCrephy's Field, by Christopher A. Myers and Lynne Born Myers
This book relates the story of Joe McCrephy's farm when it is abandoned. 
After 50 years, Joe returns to his previously cultivated farm and finds it is now a forest.




For our Tree and Forest Unit, we read an assortment of picture books including:

Math
Counting on the Woods, by George Ella Lyon

Science
A Tree is a Plant, by Clyde Robert Bulla
A Log's Life, by Wendy Pfeffer
Be a Friend to Trees, by Patricia Lauber
A Forest is Reborn, by James R. Newton
Where Are the Night Animals? by Mary Ann Fraser
Owls, by Gail Gibbons
Robins, by Melvin and Gilda Berger
Spinning Spiders, by Melvin Berger

Literature
The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein
Possum's Harvest Moon, by Anne Hunter
A Tree is Nice, by Janice May Udry
Moon Tree, by Laurie Brown
The Biggest Bear, by Lynd Ward
The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss

History
My First Little House Books: Dance at Grandpa's, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Walden Then and Now: An Alphabetical Tour of Henry Thoreau's Pond, by Michael McCurdy
...If You Lived with the Cherokee, by Peter and Connie Roop (selected portions of this book like homes, travel, tools, and hunting)


built a few log cabins...


added some poems...

Poetry
Trees, by Joyce Kilmer
Trees, by Sara Coleridge
The Road Not Taken, by Robert Frost
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, by Robert Frost


and completed a few art projects...












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This post has been linked to Preschool Corner at Homeschool Creations.

4 comments:

  1. What a great unit! I LOVE unit studies! And as a person who grew up 25 miles from DeSmet, South Dakota, I always enjoy hearing about homeschoolers reading the Little House on the Prairie books. I'm visiting from iFellowship!
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  2. What a great unit! I really wish I could pull together units like this. I don't have it in me (I've tried). Thanks for sharing! (visiting from Preschool Corner)

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  3. Those autumn trees are beautiful!! We drove around today looking at the fall leaves...that would be perfect to do today sometime! Thanks for the idea! I'm stopping by from the Preschool Corner link up.

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