The beauty of unit studies is the ability to combine multiple subjects. This famous and historic trees fun study combines nature, history, and geography. Add in some art and music and it’s a memorable unit study.
Famous and Historic Trees
So today, I rounded up some fun resources for creating a famous and historic trees nature and history unit study.
First, look at this book we fell in love with which gave us us the kick start to our ideas.
Celebritrees Historic & Famous Trees of the World states its for grades 2 to 4, but this idea can be used for a super great unit study for multiple ages.
Besides, the history and legend of the famous trees in the book gives plenty of chance for a deep unit study.
Also, there are plenty of books about the nature of trees and science and even poetry, but we loved learning about the famous trees of the world.
Although the book only lists 14 famous and historic trees of the world, you could easily add other features to the search besides the oldest, tallest, or biggest trunk.
Science of Trees
Next, add in a bit of science. How are trees defined? Look below at some of their characteristics.
|Trees usually have a single stem, or trunk.||Trees are woody plants.|
|Trees are at least 15 feet tall.||Trees have a branched-out top called a crown.|
Trees clean the air, give shade, cool our house, conserve energy, and attract songbirds. Trees reduce erosion and conserve energy.
Furthermore, look at the information on the historic trees.
Learning about the Methuselah Tree
The Methuselah Tree has lived more than 4,600 years. It is a Bristlecone Pine and it’s located in California.
Stuart Roosa was a former U.S. Forest Service worker who orbited in the command module of the Apollo 14 in 1971. He conducted scientific experiments in lunar orbit. He put hundreds of tree seeds in a packet and took with him to space.
When he got back to earth, the seeds were germinated and are known as “moon trees” and are found all over the U.S. and the world.
Famous Scythe Tree
This next tree is in Waterloo, New York and the Balm-of-Gilead stands as living monument to a young soldier that went off to fight in the American Civil War.
Prison Boab Famous Tree
Another tree is the Prison Boab which is located in Australia.
It is a Baobab tree. It has many names. One is the Upside-Down Tree because it’s branches look like roots and it’s also just named Boab.
The Tule Tree
El Árbol del Tule (The Tule Tree) is located in Santa María del Tule, Mexico. It is a Montezuma Cypress and it’s estimated to be 1,400 years old.
Chapel Oak Famous Tree
Another famous tree is the the Chapel Oak which is located in Allouville-Bellefosse, France.
It is a huge oak with two chapels inside and a spiral staircase. It looks like something out of a fairy tale.
It is one of the biggest and oldest trees in France.
Ficus Religiosa or The Bodhi Tree
This is a kind of fig tree in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka which is sacred to the Buddhists. They believe Buddha gained “bodhi” or enlightenment while sitting under it and meditating.
The Famous and Historic General Sherman Tree
In the Sequoia National Park in California is the General Sherman or a giant sequoia.
The giant sequoias are very special because they are among the oldest and largest living things on earth. The General Sherman Tree, found in Sequoia National Park, is the largest living thing on earth. It is 274.9 feet tall, has a circumference (4.5 ft. above the base) of 83.2 feet, a base circumference of 102.6 feet, and a volume of nearly 58,000 cubic feet.
MORE Famous and Historic Trees of the World
There are other trees too to read about like
- Anne Frank’s Chestnut Tree
- Isaac Newton’s Apple Tree (Woolsthorpe, England)
- Dueling Oaks in New Orleans, Louisiana
- The Major Oak, Sherwood Forest, England
- and the Emancipation Oak (Hampton, Virginia).
Study Tree Art
Also, look at Hands-On Literature Nature Study: Simple Tree Craft.
Learning and memorizing poetry about trees could also be copywork or to make nature journals.
Loveliest of Trees, The Cherry Now by A. E. Housman
Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.
Now, of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.
And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.
Binsey Poplars by Gerard Manley Hopkins
My aspens dear, whose airy cages quelled,
Quelled or quenched in leaves the leaping sun,
All felled, felled, are all felled;
Of a fresh and following folded rank
Not spared, not one
That dandled a sandalled
Shadow that swam or sank
On meadow and river and wind-wandering weed-winding bank.
O if we but knew what we do
When we delve or hew—
Hack and rack the growing green!
Since country is so tender
To touch, her being só slender,
That, like this sleek and seeing ball
But a prick will make no eye at all,
Where we, even where we mean
To mend her we end her,
When we hew or delve:
After-comers cannot guess the beauty been.
Ten or twelve, only ten or twelve
Strokes of havoc únselve
The sweet especial scene,
Rural scene, a rural scene,
Sweet especial rural scene.
The Way through the Woods by Rudyard Kipling
They shut the road through the woods
Seventy years ago.
Weather and rain have undone it again,
And now you would never know
There was once a road through the woods
Before they planted the trees.
It is underneath the coppice and heath,
And the thin anemones.
Only the keeper sees
That, where the ring-dove broods,
And the badgers roll at ease,
There was once a road through the woods.
Yet, if you enter the woods
Of a summer evening late,
When the night-air cools on the trout-ringed pools
Where the otter whistles his mate,
(They fear not men in the woods,
Because they see so few.)
You will hear the beat of a horse’s feet,
And the swish of a skirt in the dew,
Steadily cantering through
The misty solitudes,
As though they perfectly knew
The old lost road through the woods.
But there is no road through the woods.
Famous and Historic Trees of the World Lapbook
Too, I’ve created this fun famous and historic trees lapbook to use with this fun unit study.
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- You can use any reference materials, books, or online resources to complete the lapbook.
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More Tree Facts
Also, you’ll love these resources for studying about each of these varieties of trees.
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