Today, I am going to share how I use these simple bag trees to construct the four seasons. You can have the children each make their own seasonal tree or make a large class tree out of a grocery sack and create a seasonal setting.
FALL TREE: I prefer to use tissue paper as it is easy to tear and glue. You can also use construction paper.
Apply torn tissue paper with Elmer's glue. A Q-tip works well. I tell the children to "dot" the branch with glue and press the tissue paper into the dot.
It is fun to leave a few torn tissues laying at the bottom of the fall tree!
SPRING TREE: I love to purchase tissue paper on clearance. Here I found a great tissue paper at Target that I used for the Spring Tree. Again, just tear it!
To add the spring gesture - add a few blossoms in the tree. I love the glorious blossoms on trees in spring!
SUMMER TREE: I use dark green tissue paper for the full lush of summer!
WINTER TREE: Make up a batch of snow paint and you have a wonderful winter tree!
(Snow Paint: in a Dixie cup, squirt one shot of shaving cream, add a squeeze of glue, and a squeeze of white paint. Be careful to not add too much glue and paint! Keep it fluffy! Apply with a popsicle stick!)
COMMON CORE STANDARDS
FOCUS: Non-Fiction Books - Informational text such as
Students read text about the four seasons and then create a 3-D representation of their understanding. Additionally, after creating the seasonal tree, the students could write about the season.
- Speaking & Listening Standard: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
- Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.
- Language Art Standard: Vocabulary
- Identify real-life connections between words and their use (e.g., use of vocabulary to describe and identify seasons through trees).
- Writing Standard: Text Types and Purposes
- Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose opinion pieces in which they tell a reader the topic or the name of the book they are writing about and state an opinion or preference about the topic or book (e.g., My favorite season is . . .)