Have colored paper, pipe cleaners, and scissors and tape available. Also have some leaf tracers, in case students prefer to trace.Show students how to make bracelets of leaves. Have examples made, and attach them to your wrists. Let students know that they will have 10 minutes to create these, and then they will join you in a standing circle, wearing their leaves for an activity.
say 10, but allow 15 min, total 128 min
(B) Becoming Trees Use the guided imagery exercise in the book Earth Child, p. 139, to have the students imagine the experience of being a tree. (This version might be too long for second graders.)
What does it feel like to be a tree? Trees are really the only ones who know. But, with their vivid imaginations, your children can magically transform into trees and experience those feelings. Ask your children to walk slowly in a circle and listen carefully as you read this short story. As the story progresses, ask them to act out what happens. The first part of the story is always the same, although you may select the ending you desire.
One summer day you are walking through a meadow filled with dandelions. All around you there is a warm tingly feeling in the air. Without warning your toes begin to grow! You look down at them and watch as they grow right out of your shoes! You can no longer use your legs to walk as your toenails dig deep into the soft Earth. You feel them growing longer and reaching deeper until you are anchored in this spot. Your skin is turning hard and scaly. Your body and arms are becoming stiff. You can move them a little, such as when a breeze pushes against them, but that’s all! Your fingertips and hair feel electric and they begin to dance in the wind. Soon your mouth closes and you can no longer talk; the only noise you make is the rustling of your leaves and a creak of your trunk. All of this excitement has made you very thirsty. So you soak water into your roots and slowly push it up through your trunk, down each limb to feed the leaves on each branch and twig…
You can tell from the where the sun is that it is past noon and, because you didn’t have any lunch, you begin to feel quite hungry. You know you won’t be able to eat in your usual way, since you have no mouth or teeth to chew! As you try to think through this problem, you realize your leaves, now full of water, are grabbing the rays of sunshine. They are using the sun’s energy to make food! Your leaves use part of the water and part of the surrounding air to make sugar. Slowly the sweet food is pumped down the branches and through the trunk to every part of your body. It tastes good and satisfies your hunger. You think to yourself, “Now that is a good lunch!”