Celebrate Fall in the Classroom with Trees! November 02 2010

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A friend of mine shared a poem he recites with his children before bedtime. I enjoyed it so much I wanted to share it with you to use with kids in your classroom:

Trees
by Harry Behn

Trees are the kindest things I know,
They do no harm, they simply grow
And spread a shade for sleepy cows,
And gather birds among their bows.

They give us fruit in leaves above,
And wood to make our houses of,
And leaves to burn on Halloween
And in the Spring new buds of green.

They are first when day's begun
To tough the beams of morning sun,
They are the last to hold the light
When evening changes into night.

And when a moon floats on the sky
They hum a drowsy lullaby
Of sleepy children long ago...
Trees are the kindest things I know.

Use this poem as a foundation for the study of trees and their leaves as the Autumn season comes to a close. Use it to discuss vocabulary that may be unfamiliar, the personification of the tree in this poem, and the cycle of our seasons.

Take the next couple of weeks before the bustle of the holiday season to take refuge in trees and their leaves with a variety of our fall- themed free lesson plans. Get your students involved in celebrating Fall with these November Bulletin Board ideas - comment with your own suggestions and be entered into this week's contest!