Friday, January 20, 2012

Trees. Everywhere!

Lettering Delights graphic

We have trees displayed in many places in our room.  
Tree maps have become a rich part of our learning experience.
Here are a few that we made this week.

First up, MLK.
We read several books which helped us learn about the life of MLK. I was inspired by many, such as this, and this wonderful resource. The kids loved the new word that they learned; equality.  The ideas presented on this tree map are all student generated.  It came from their learning.

Here is our completed bulletin board.

Next. Penguins!
These arctic animals made an appearance during our English Language Development class.
I love this time because the students are a mixed group from every kindergarten class.   I teach the highest level of English speakers.  As a  result, my goal is to move them towards English fluency in all areas; listening, speaking, reading and writing.  

Here are some samples of the writing.

I am so proud of the writing that they produced with guidance and support from the use of the tree map.   

We can do it! Yes, we can! 

Happy Teaching and Learning!


  1. I love the MLK bulleting board. Really nice!

  2. Your Trees look great!, I am so copying the MLK one next week and having my students re-do their writing. Thanks for the inspiration :)

    First Grade Journal

  3. Super love tree maps and LOVE yours!!! Your kiddos did such a good job!!! Question for ya...that tree at the very beginning of the there anyway you can post that as a document of email it to me??? It is super cute and would work great with an idea I saw on another blog with prefixes and suffixes...

    4th Grade Frolics

  4. Those are some great looking bulletin I bet those kids learned a lot!! =)
    First Grade Blue SKies

  5. I"m new to tree maps and love them! :) Loving all the learning your kids did. :)
    Stories From Second

  6. I love how organize your bulletin boards look. It shows your students are learning a lot. I am new to this tree maps but I need to start using them.

    Apples and Papers

  7. Tara
    The graphic is from Lettering Delights. Sorry, I can't share.

  8. I LOVE it all! Your kiddos are so blessed to have you as a teacher!

    Come check out my penguin *freebies*! I teach ESL kiddos too! =)

    Heather's Heart

  9. You have been busy! Looks fantastic! Also, I tagged you....come check it out.

    Chickadee Jubilee