Schools Tree Day - Dirtgirl shows us how to plant!

Schools Tree Day - Dirtgirl shows us how to plant!

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Lesson summary

Each year, thousands of people across Australia take part in Schools Tree Day. This activity is designed to help students learn about how to plant, and care for the seedlings they grow during Schools Tree Day.

Schools Tree Day 2020 is on Friday 31st July, although events can be held at any time during the year. To take part you don’t have to be planting trees, you could be growing a vegetable garden, weeding a previously planted area, adding shrubs to the building surrounds or venturing out to the local bush to lend community groups a helping hand.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand that trees are living things.
  • understand that seeds have a growth cycle from seed to tree.
  • understand how to plant and care for a tree.
  • take responsibility for their local environment. 

Lesson guides and printables

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Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

As this activity is intended to adapt for a range of year levels, no explicit links have been provided.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2., OI.7.

Time required: 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Facilitate students in sharing their ideas about planting trees.

EYLF Learning Outcomes:

Learning Outcome 2:

  • Children are connected with and contribute to their world
  • 2.3 Children become aware of fairness

Learning Outcome 3:

  • Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
  • 3.1 Children become strong in their social and emotional wellbeing

Learning Outcome 4:

  • Children are confident and involved learners
  • 4.1 Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity

Resources required

  • Internet access
  • Computers
  • Seeds or seedlings

Additional info

Following this lesson is an ideal way for students to participate in Planet Ark’s Schools Tree Day – the largest nature-care event in Australian schools. You and your students will join thousands of amazing teachers in making a difference, fostering a child’s love of nature and creating positive environmental change. So, get growing! It only takes a minute to register for Schools Tree Day.

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