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HOW TREES GROW    TreeSign.jpg (15262 bytes)

Here are two suggested activities about how trees grow.

"How Plants Grow", Project Learning Tree Pre K-8 Guide, Seventh Edition, page 135, Activity #41


A plant is a biological system with these basic requirements for functioning and growing:  sunlight, water, air, soil, and space.  This activity allows students to explore what happens when a plant's basic needs are not met.


"Tree Cookies", Project Learning Tree Pre K-8 Guide, Seventh Edition, page 289, Activity #76


One of the best ways to learn about a tree is to look at its annual rings.  Tree rings show patterns of change in the tree's life as well as changes in the area where it grows.  In this activity, students will trace environmental and historical changes using a cross section of a tree trunk, or "tree cookie".


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Note Many of the activities on this website reference Project Learning Tree (PLT) activities.  PLT has copyrights on these activities but has granted permission to provide outlines to render a general ideas of what each activity covers.  There are two PLT activity books, one for Pre K-8 and another for high school (recent revisions).  There are also a number of special modules available through PLT in 2004.  For more information about PLT, visit the national website at and the Michigan PLT website at

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