My kids love learning about nature and trees. Honestly, I’m nearly clueless when it comes to plants and trees. The kids will ask me what a certain tree is and typically I’m not able to answer them. I’ve been guiding my 8th grader through The Book of Trees by Memoria Press the past few weeks so that we can learn more about trees together.
About the Product:
The Book of Trees is an introduction to botany through the study of trees. The Book of Trees is a book set which includes The Book of Trees, the Student Book, the Teacher Guide, The Tree Book For Kids and Their Grown-ups, and the Peterson First Guide to Trees of North America.
The Book of Trees program consists of 9 chapters covering a variety of information about the root system, stem, leaves, flowers, fruits, photosynthesis, respiration, and observation of trees. By the end of the program, students should be able to name the two plant systems, list the four major plant organs and their functions, and label a plant, among others.
Included in the Student Book, there are reproducible Trees Observation Worksheets that students can fill out while they observe trees. There are 21 lessons total and activities range from answering questions to labeling and even some outdoor activities.
The Teacher Guide includes quizzes and tests along with their answers and answers for the Student Book.
If you’re not quite sure how to pace the program, the option to purchase lesson plans in either a print or digital format for this program and other Memoria Press programs is available.
We received 3 out of the 5 books as part of the set that Memoria Press offers. We received just The Book of Trees, the Student Book, and the Teacher Guide. I think the other 2 books mentioned above would be very helpful to have, but we had other tree books and the internet to help find what we needed.
Since I have been working with my daughter through The Book of Trees the past few weeks, I find both of us noticing trees more than ever before. Her knowledge of trees and their functions have greatly improved. The work doesn’t take long at all to complete, so we do brief periods of time 2-3 times a week to get through the material.
I like that she has been encouraged to outside and study nature instead of just having to be inside to work. The tree observations have been her favorite part. In the workbook, she’s encouraged to find a tree to observe, collect specimens of leaves, flowers and fruit, and then fill out a worksheet about the trees structure and location, details about the tree, identifying the tree, and then using the Peterson Guide and The Tree Book to research the tree. Lastly, she’s instructed to sketch the tree, along with it’s flower and fruit.
I think I have had as much fun helping her to work through the book as she has, however I think it would be a fine program to work through without a parent’s help since it’s geared toward grades 6-8. The instructions are pretty easy and self explanatory.
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