Quick summary: Students explore why trees are important, what the parts of a tree are called and why we need trees. Students begin by observing trees in nature, and then draw upon inspiration from the story The Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert to make their own leaf men with fallen leaves. These will be used to create a display to teach other students about the importance of trees.
This lesson is designed to be taught outside. It contains all the tools required for students to reap the benefits of being outdoors while learning the outcomes of the Australian Curriculum. By spending time outdoors and connecting to nature, students are more likely to care for and conserve nature as adults.
We’ve taken elements of this lesson and adapted them for remote learning. You can find this activity here.
- Why are trees important?
- What are the different parts of trees?
- How can we use natural objects to create artworks?
- What are the mental, physical and academic benefits of completing classroom activities outside?
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Foundation to 2 Visual Arts
- Use and experiment with different materials, techniques, technologies and processes to make artworks (ACAVAM107)
Syllabus outcomes: VAS1.2.
General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2.
Relevant parts of Foundation Visual Arts achievement standards: Students make artworks in different forms to express their ideas, observations and imagination, using different techniques and processes.
Topic: Outdoor Learning, Biodiversity.
Unit of work: Outdoor Learning Unit.
Time required: 50 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: High – teachers lead the students in songs, read a picture book, guide discussions and help students to create artworks.
Resources required: Device capable of presenting a website to the class. The Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. Landscape photos from old calendars/magazines OR A4 pieces of clear contact OR A4 sheets of black cardboard. Glue (if using photos/cardboard instead of contact). Device capable of taking photos.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital photography, digital sharing capabilities.
Keywords: leaf, tree, conservation, art, collage, outdoors, outdoor learning.
Cool Australia would like to thank The Albert George & Nancy Caroline Youngman Trust – managed by Equity Trustees.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.