The Giving Tree: A Lesson on Earth Day

26 Apr

Our Giving Tree

I read Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree to my son’s kindergarten homeschool class today. Then we created our own Giving Tree!

I read the story to them.

I asked them what the tree gave to the boy. They drew their answers on the leaves and apple paper cut outs I had made. Then, we attached it to the bare branches I had brought in. (I got a big branch from outdoors and set it in a tub with Plaster of Paris.)

An Apple

Apples to sell in order to make Money

Wood to make a Boat

I asked them what other things do trees give us?


I shared some quick facts with them:

1. Did you know an average tree can provide enough wood to make 170,000 pencils?

2. Did you know 2 mature trees can supply enough oxygen for a family of 4?

3. Did you know a mature tree removes almost 70x more pollution than a newly planted one?

And finally, I asked the children what could we give the tree in return? They cut paper and we hung their gifts up with ribbon on our Giving Tree.


A Bird to keep the Tree company





I left our class feeling how wise all these children already are.

4 Responses to “The Giving Tree: A Lesson on Earth Day”

  1. A April 28, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    I discovered this blog by accident a while ago, and just wanted to say that it has become one of my favourite reads on food. I do not have children, I am not vegan or a raw foodie, but discovering that yes, you can eat so many vegetables uncooked has been a real eye opener.

    Since I started reading this I have seriously creeped my colleagues at work out with things I pull out at lunchtime, I have lost weight, am more active during the day, look & feel healthier, etc etc. Some of it, of course, is autosuggestion, some not, but hey, if it works…

    • Mama In The Kitchen April 28, 2012 at 9:14 am #

      A, congratulations!!! And thank you for such kind words!!! I am so happy to hear that people who don’t have children, who are not vegan and who are not raw foodies, also enjoy and get something out of my blogging. :). Sometimes, as a blogger, you just want to get your thoughts out there. Sometimes you hear from people, but most often than not, you don’t (I don’t anyway). So it is always wonderful to get positive feedback. Thank you for taking time to read my words, for enjoying the posts and for coming back!!! 😉

      • A April 28, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

        Well I hope your readers out there will take this as an encouragement to comment more!
        I am particularly happy that even my partner, who is very much a meat and potato kind of guy (“I don’t want to eat parrot feed”, “I am not a cow” and “I will eat anything as long as it is not vegetarian”) has enjoyed your suggested raw meals so far 🙂

      • Mama In The Kitchen April 29, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

        You are awesome!!! THANK YOU! 😉

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