A winter twig activity aimed at Key Stage Two, upper primary level.
The teacher should find specimens of Oak, Beech and Horse Chestnut trees within easy distance of the school. The teacher should bring winter twig specimens (with no leaves) into the lesson, sufficient for children to work in groups of up to four.
Distribute the sets of twigs (one of each species per group) and copies of the key. If an internet connection is available, they could use the key at http://www.nifg.org.uk/wintertrees3.htm
Children are encouraged to use the key to identify the twigs before working outside to identify the trees by the twigs.
Using the PhenoloGIT app to upload their data, children can compare their data to other countries, generating questions and discussion.
Cover photo: Dormant buds on English Oak By JonRichfield – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15712666
Beech tree By Walter Baxter, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13211988
Type of activityCategorising and identifying
List of speciesOakHorse ChestnutEuropean beech
Had been tested?Yes
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50min lessonCover photo: Dormant buds on English Oak By JonRichfield - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15712666 Beech tree By Walter Baxter, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13211988 &country=United Kingdom &teachers= &students=Upper primary, &language=English &key_competences=Creativity, Collaboration, &type_of_activity=Categorising and identifying &key_competences=Creativity, Collaboration, &software=App, Geomap, &species=Oak, Horse Chestnut, European beech, &impact= &title=Winter twig activity &files1=https://www.phenologit.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/PhenoloGIT-Winter-Twig-Activity-with-key-1.pdf &files2= &files3= &urls1=http://www.nifg.org.uk/wintertrees3.htm &urls2= &urls3= &tested=Yes &firstname.lastname@example.org ">Download as PDF