The book Trees, Leaves, and Bark by Diane L. Burns introduces information about trees, including the lifespan and uses of the wood. Color drawings of the mature trees and a close-ups of the leaves help identify the trees. Descriptions and illustrations are also given for the seeds and bark.
FREE chart student PDF and answer key to accompany the book: Trees Leaves and Bark work pages and answer key PDF (OPENS HERE)
Walk with your children, and when they find leaves, take a very few home (the worms need them, you know) and try this tree identification guide which really works well:
We just returned from a wonderful nature walk. Today we decided to turn a different way on the nature path behind us, which connects to 35 miles of biking and hiking trails (The 3Rivers Park District in MN). The different way was such a wonderful adventure and we saw new things today, including a muskrat. Why hadn’t we walked that way before? And, we learned we are only about half a mile from the local Arboretum, which we thought was further away because it is by driving.
Have fun outdoors, Carolyn