1. Pick a tree to observe. The tree doesn't have to be alive. Even dead trees, or snags, provide habitats for a number of different species.
2. Take a moment and let the children study the tree, then ask them:
- What are some of the plants and animals that depend on trees?
- What do trees provide for these plants and animals?
- Can you see signs of life on the trunk, branches, roots, and leaves?
- How is the tree affected by the plants and animals that live on it? (they may benefit, harm, or be neutral to the tree)
3. Now that they appreciate the tree's role as a habitat, compare the tree with your own home. Invite your students to discuss how the tree might play a similar or different role from their own habitats.
4. Record these things in your nature journal or online blog.