Follow this Science Journey to discover and compare trees and animals and how they depend on each other!

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Kids playing under a treeLessons Overview - Kindergarten CCSS or First Grade CCSS

Suggested Grade Levels: Kindergarten and First Grade

DESCRIPTION:  During this virtual adventure you will discover, explore and compare trees and animals and how they depend on each other!  The ideal time to complete this Journey is in the fall!


Student Discovery Kits


Discovery kits provided for each student so they can participate in the outdoor activities at school or online.

**Teachers outside of Miami County, OH, contact Cinda Hanbuch-Pinkerton to reserve kits!

View Kit Contents: Student Discovery Kit Checklist



These interactive 20 minute videos featuring the Banana Slug String Band naturalists include: creative characters, captivating illustrations, and brilliantly composed songs that bring the subject matter to life. The videos also inspire kids to go outside for hands-on experiential learning utilizing inquiry skills at school or home. Here are some of the fun activities in which your students will engage in the video:

  • Find out how trees are different and how they are alike
  • What kind of gifts trees give to us and other animals
  • Leaf piles to tunnel under and leaf games to play as you sort through all the sizes and shapes
  • You may even find yourself upside down under a tree
  • If you are lucky you will even get to meet Twitchy the giant squirrel
  • Look for the special reward to earn a leaf tattoo


Each I'm a Tree Science Journey lesson is accompanied by a complete teacher lesson plan and student worksheet. Follow the links below to review and access the lessons.

Teacher Lesson Plans
Student Sheets
Leaf Sorting & Math Teacher LP 1  
Bird Count/Colors Teacher LP 2  
Feet Up a Tree Teacher LP 3  
Tree Scavenger Hunt Teacher LP 4

Tree Scavenger Hunt 4

Color Hunt 4.1

Tree Yoga Teacher LP 5  
Leaf Wind Chime Teacher LP 6 Tree Wind Chime 6
A Tree for Me Book Teacher LP 7

A Tree For Me Book 7.1

My Tree Is 7.2

My Favorite Tree 7.3

Reading Enrichment Teacher LP 8  
Student Journal  

Assembly Instructions

Writing Prompts

Journal Cover

Blank Pages

Coloring Page   Coloring page
Word Search   Word Search
I'm a Tree Song Book   I'm a Tree Song Book

Supplemental Resources:

Host your own Banana Slug String Band Festival!


I'm a Tree Song

I'm a Tree Lyric Sheet

I'm a Tree Costume Instructions

FLIPGRID Science Challenges 

Preview (You will be asked to login with a Google or Microsoft email)

There's nothing like fun, hands-on outdoor activities to help facilitate learning. We will be using a program called FLIPGRID for student responses and lesson instructions. This program is used by many teachers during distanced learning. It is designed for students Pre-K through adult. It requires access to a device that connects to the Internet. 


Interactive ZOOM Q & A Session with the Banana Slug String Band Naturalists

Classes have the opportunity to schedule a live, interactive zoom question and answer session with the Banana Slug String Band Naturalist featured in the I'M A TREE video.  To sign-up, please email the Banana Slugs at

Please include the following information in your email:

  • Your name
  • Your grade level
  • Your school, city and state
  • The name of your Science Journey topic
  • 3 different options of dates and times for your session (Please keep in mind that the Banana Slugs live in California and they are 3 hours behind us!)