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Adopt a Tree - Science Inquiry Lesson

Who lives in this tree? Students adopt a special tree to investigate carefully. Encourage students to look deeply and think carefully about the animals that call their tree home. Students look for clues like scratches, marks on the bark and holes to identify the importance of their tree to other animals. Listen to the sounds of the tree, take rubbings of the bark and think about why your tree is special. 


Key Inquiry Questions

  • Who lives in your tree? 

  • What evidence can you find that animals use your tree?

  • Why is your tree important to animals?



ST2-1WS-S questions, plans and conducts scientific investigations, collects and summarises data and communicates using scientific representations

ST1-1WS-S observes, questions and collects data to communicate and compare ideas.

ST1-4LW-S describes observable features of living things and their environments

ST2-4LW-S compares features and characteristics of living and non-living things

Students will:

  • Look critically at their surroundings

  • Justify their observations and describe their tree

  • Reflect on the importance of tree environments

River Red Gum on the Murray River

Who might live in this tree?

Adopt a Tree Lesson Plan

Adopt a tree lesson plan