Activity Introduction

Nature has been the inspiration for many poets and artists as it can provide so many sounds, colours, smells and feelings – all fantastic things to write descriptive words about. In this activity, you will write a poem after being inspired by trees!

This is a good activity for kids to complete independently.

Ideal for: Upper Primary Ages 10 – 12

Themes:

  • fresh air
  • be creative

Time required: 30 minutes

Curriculum connections: English, Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Sustainability

Tips for Parents and Carers

Creating a love of nature, through spending time outdoors and noticing details, can help children develop the desire to protect and make positive changes to the natural world. Encourage your kids to expand their vocabulary and try new words. It might be helpful for them to look up words in a thesaurus or dictionary.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes:

Complete lesson for classroom teachers:

Outdoor Learning – Tree-rific Poems – Years 5 & 6

Resources Required

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Worksheets

Student Worksheet

More Than A Tree - Activity Instructions

Nature has been the inspiration for many poets and artists as it can provide so many sounds, colours, smells and feelings - all fantastic things to write descriptive words about. In this activity, you will write a poem after being inspired by trees!

Part A: Collecting Descriptions

Step 1. Take a walk around an outdoor area, pausing when you find a tree that catches your eye. Observe how other things around you might rely on the tree - is the grass underneath it more protected? Do insects hide in its bark? 

Fill out your Tree Experience Adjectives Worksheet, choosing the best adjectives you can to describe this moment outdoors. You could use single words, or sentences. Use this poem to remind you what an adjective is: 

word rap

Part B: Writing Five Senses Poetry

Step 1. Read this five senses poem about trees, paying attention to the structure. Notice that there is more than a single adjective on each line. In a five sense poem, you want the reader

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