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"The Giving Tree Gives"

Subject: Language Arts, Agriculture, Special Ed
Grade: Pre-K, K-2

Brief Description

This lesson is a language arts activity that helps Pre- Kindergarten to grade two children, Special Ed students, and Bilingual (LEP) children learn about poetry and science.


Young students, students with special needs, or limited English children are introduced to poetry and life cycles of an apple.


poetry, life cycles, apple, giving, tree, Silverstein

Materials Needed

  • book [set ital] The Giving Tree [end ital] by Shel Silverstein
  • apples and apple seeds
  • paint
  • paper
  • crayons
  • pencils

Lesson Plan

  • Read and discuss the book The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.
  • Ask questions about the story. (For example, What type of tree was it? How did it grow? etc.)
  • Get real apples. Discuss the names of types of apples and let students taste have different types of apples.
  • Make a graph of favorite apples. Cut apples and make apple prints using paint paper.
  • Take seeds from apples. Examine, count, and discuss what will come from the seeds. Have students illustrate different stages of "life" of these seeds. Extension: Plant seeds and watch them grow! Take a trip to an apple orchard. Use the activities to celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day!


Have students draw the life cycle of apples, match or cut and paste of life cycles of an apple, or prepare a quiz where students match a picture to a word about each stage of life cycle of an apple.

Lesson Plan Source

Submitted by: Theresa Santiago, ([email protected] ) EJ Patten Elementary School, Perth Amboy, New Jersey



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