The Giving Tree

I read The Giving Tree to wrap up learning the Letter A with my kindergarten class. The Giving Tree? How does that relate to the Letter A? Well, the (Too) Giving Tree freely gives away her apples so The Boy could have some money. And since apple begins with the Letter A (and Cooking Friday revolved around apples), this was a good match to celebrate A by recreating The Giving Tree. Here's what we did:

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First read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

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After wiping away tears, start ripping brown construction paper. (This will help your frustrations with The Boy.) Make sure the pieces look like a trunk and branches of a tree. Glue them down onto white cardstock.

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Using red and green tissue paper, start gluing them onto the tree. We crumpled and twisted our papers to give our heroine a textured and multi-dimensional look.

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Tip: Use the eraser-end of a pencil to twist tissue paper around it. The eraser gives it a flat surface to dab some glue so that it can stick onto the paper better.

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Again, I allowed my students the freedom to create their own creations to express themselves as individuals.

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The above and below pieces are created by my students. Unique, imaginative, and artistic. It's simply breathtaking to see their differences and interpretations.

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MATERIALS

  • Brown construction paper
  • White cardstock
  • Green and red tissue paper
  • Stick glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencil with an eraser