3-D Trees – The Four Seasons (Part 2)

This article continues a series on 3-D habitats and science topics. To learn how to make a brown bag tree, please refer to Part 1.

Today, I am going to share how I use these simple bag trees to construct the four seasons.  You can have the children each make their own seasonal tree or make a large class tree out of a grocery sack and create a seasonal setting.

FALL TREE:  I prefer to use tissue paper as it is easy to tear and glue.  You can also use construction paper.
Apply torn tissue paper with Elmer’s glue.  A Q-tip works well.  I tell the children to “dot” the branch with glue and press the tissue paper into the dot.
It is fun to leave a few torn tissues laying at the bottom of the fall tree!
SPRING TREE:  I love to purchase tissue paper on clearance.  Here I found a great tissue paper at Target that I used for the Spring Tree.  Again, just tear it!
To add the spring gesture – add a few blossoms in the tree.  I love the glorious blossoms on trees in spring!
SUMMER TREE: I use dark green tissue paper for the full lush of summer!
WINTER TREE:  Make up a batch of snow paint and you have a wonderful winter tree!
(Snow Paint:  in a Dixie cup, squirt one shot of shaving cream, add a squeeze of glue, and a squeeze of white paint.  Be careful to not add too much glue and paint!  Keep it fluffy!  Apply with a popsicle stick!)

FOCUS:  Non-Fiction Books – Informational text such as

Watching the Seasons (Welcome Books: Watching Nature) by Edana Eckart

Possible application:
Students read text about the four seasons and then create a 3-D representation of their understanding.  Additionally, after creating the seasonal tree, the students could write about the season.

  • Speaking & Listening Standard: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
      • Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.
  • Language Art Standard: Vocabulary
      • Identify real-life connections between words and their use (e.g., use of vocabulary to describe and identify seasons through trees).
  • Writing Standard: Text Types and Purposes
      • Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose opinion pieces in which they tell a reader the topic or the name of the book they are writing about and state an opinion or preference about the topic or book (e.g., My favorite season is . . .)

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  1. Tara says:

    Hi Sally!! Those trees are awesome:) I would love it if you would link your post up to my Monday Made It. So many people would love this:) I host one every Monday for inspirations and ideas and creations teachers have made:))

    4th Grade Frolics

  2. Tara says:

    Thank you for linking up:))) I know people are gonna love these sweet trees:)))

    4th Grade Frolics

  3. I LOVE these trees. I always do a coloring a tree and then add tissue paper to each tree to show the seasons, but this is awesome. I love that it is 3-D. I am going to pin this.


  4. Katie says:

    Those trees are great! I can think of so many great possibilities of using them 🙂

    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

  5. Jill says:

    The trees are wonderful. Thanks for sharing.


  6. Cheryl says:

    I did the same thing with my kindergarten class, instead of paint for the winter tree we used wool roving that the kids carded and then glued on to their trees. Then we made small red cardinals out of construction paper, they came out really cute!

    • What a wonderful idea! I am so doing that! Wool roving is so sweet as a finished piece!

  7. Agnes Stevens says:

    I am definitely adding this winter tee in our classroom and possibly adding something else to it. Thanks for the idea!

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