Follow this Science Journey to discover and compare trees and animals and how they depend on each other!
Lessons 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
Reserve Now (MIAMI COUNTY, OH TEACHERS ONLY!)
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 email@example.com to reserve kits!
View Kit Contents: Student Discovery Kit Checklist
SLUG SCIENCE JOURNEY VIDEO - Video Link
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
|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 Yoga||Teacher LP 5|
|Leaf Wind Chime||Teacher LP 6||Tree Wind Chime 6|
|A Tree for Me Book||Teacher LP 7|
|Reading Enrichment||Teacher LP 8|
|Coloring Page||Coloring page|
|Word Search||Word Search|
|I'm a Tree Song Book||I'm a Tree Song Book|
Host your own Banana Slug String Band Festival!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!)