Peace Corps Challenge Game—National Trees
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- Subject(s): Social Studies & Geography, Cross-Cultural Understanding, Science
- Grade Level(s): 3–5, 6–8, K–2
- Related Publication: Peace Corps Challenge
Trees are found all over the world, in every country. Although trees are common to all parts of the world, there are different trees species found in different places. In this teaching suggestion, students will have the opportunity to explore the national trees of several countries as well as compare them to some of the native trees in their own community.
Trees are very familiar to all of us. We know that they are large, have needles, or leaves and live a long time. Although, this is true, not all trees look alike, or grow the same. Some trees live in very hostile climates and have to adapt in order to survive. Some trees also have few leaves or very large trunks. Thousands of species of trees live along side us on the Earth.
In America our national tree is the Oak. It is a familiar tree, known for its large size, hard wood, and many uses. Oaks are not found everywhere. Each country has its own climate, soil, and trees that have adapted to living in that particular part of the world. Even in the Peace Corps Challenge there was a drought, lack of firewood, and soil erosion. The Mango tree is also a part of the farmer's garden. Trees are important to not only the villagers in Wanzuzu but also each of us. In this teaching suggestion, students will have the opportunity to explore the national trees of several countries as well as compare them to some of the native trees in their own community.
- With the help of a good tree field guide, review with your class some of the local trees in your area. Discuss the difference and similarities of these trees.
- Impress on your students the importance of wood to our daily lives. This can be done by looking for all the items made from wood in your classroom or through brainstorming. Students will be surprised to learn just how many things we use are derived from a tree.
- We often discuss the state birds, flowers, or even trees, but we also have a national tree which is the Oak. Why was this tree chosen? Students can discuss what about an Oak tree makes it a good or bad national tree.
- What are the trees found in other countries?
- Baobab trees are native to Madagascar.
- In Japan the national tree is the Cherry.
- In the Indonesia the national tree is the Teak.
- In the Philippines the national tree is the Narra.
- In Canada the national tree is the Maple