Schools Tree Day - Australian Story Trees Explained

Schools Tree Day - Australian Story Trees Explained

  • Primary
  • Year 4 - 6
  • English
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Environmental
  • Biodiversity
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students are instructed in how to view trees as a guide to story structures and how to use trees and wildlife as characters in stories from their local environment to celebrate Schools Tree Day. They use trees as both metaphor and subject for crafting a narrative, using their creativity and their connections to native wildlife.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • describe and explain qualities about local trees and wildlife 
  • plan, create, edit and publish a story about a tree in the local environment.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • use trees as inspiration and as a structure for developing a narrative.
  • craft descriptions of trees based on observation of their qualities and relationship to their environment.
  • work independently or in-pairs to write, draw and reflect.

Lesson guides and printables

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Student Worksheet
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Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions: 

Year 4:

Year 5:

Year 6:

NSW Syllabus outcomesEN2-2AEN3-2AGE2-1, GE2-2GE3-1, GE3-2

General CapabilitiesCritical and Creative ThinkingLiteracy

Cross-curriculum PrioritySustainability – Systems (SS1)

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work Schools Tree Day – Primary

Time required: 120 minutes.

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – Facilitate explicit teaching and guide students through independent observations and writing. Some students may require additional literacy support.

Resources required

  • Pens and paper per student
  • Devices for taking photos – OPTIONAL
  • Student Worksheet – as needed per student


This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking

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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