The Giving Tree

Information About This Unit

List of Materials and Supplies Needed for This Pathway:

Sequencing Events in "The Giving Tree":                            

  • Basic printer supplies                                              
  • Scissors
  • A stapler



  • Basic printer supplies
  • A pencil or pen 
  • Art supplies (crayons, markers, etc.)
  • A stapler


How Trees Help Me:

  • Basic printer supplies
  • Paint, markers, crayons
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Fingerpaints, if you choose to make the tree trunk from your child's arm and hand as in the first option 


Pretest/Test 1st Grade Sight Words:

  • Basic printer supplies
  • A pencil or pen 


Apple Picking Sight Words:

  • Chart paper or tag board
  • Red construction paper
  • A basket
  • Supplies to draw and write with
  • Masking tape
  • A real apple, for a treat when the activity is done 


Working Trees Coloring Book:

  • Basic printer supplies
  • Coloring supplies
  • A stapler or another way to bind the pages for the coloring book 


Leaf Rubbings:

  • A real leaf
  • A piece of paper
  • Crayons 


All About Me Book:

  • Your child's All About Me Book
  • A pencil or pen
  • Art supplies (crayons, markers, etc.)

Links to Free Learning Material

Lessons.pngLiterature Activities:

Read "The Giving Tree" (no rating)

Watch and listen to story "The Giving Tree" with your child and discuss it together.

Reading Comprehension (no rating)

Go to this page with your child and help him/her answer the comprehension questions for "The Giving Tree." When your child is done, click the "correct my answers" button at the bottom of the page to have the page corrected online.

Sequencing Events in "The Giving Tree" (no rating)

In this activity, you will have your child cut a page into strips and put those strips in the correct sequence of events that occurred in the story.

Emotions (no rating)

In this story, the tree felt a variety of emotions at the different stages of the boys life. Discuss these emotions with your child and ask him or her to share when he/she may have felt the same way. Some of the emotions the tree felt were love, happiness, sadness and loneliness. Discuss what each emotion is and what makes you feel that way. Then, have your child make his or her own "Happiness Is . . ." book.

Leaf Rubbings (no rating)

In the beginning of the story, the boy collected the tree's leaves and played with them. In this activity, your child will be able to collect leaves and do fun things with them as well.   

How Trees Help Me (no rating)

In the story, "The Giving Tree," the tree provided quite a few things for the boy. In this activity, your child will explore some of the many things that trees provide for all of us. You are going to help your child make his or her own tree and decorate it with pictures of things that trees provide or produce. Some examples are food, shelter for animals, shade, oxygen, and products for people.