Grow a Forest of Knowledge

Grow a Forest of Knowledge


In this part of the lesson, you should do a hands-on activity where you create your own drawing of a redwood tree like the one on the book cover. You should try to draw the tree to scale, labeling the height and coloring the tree with crayon, pastels, or colored pencils. Then add fact boxes next to the tree and fill them with information you learn from the book and/or video.


  • Scissors
  • Paper grocery bag
  • Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
  • Old sponges, cut or torn in pieces
  • 3 x 5 notecard
  • Glue sticks
  • Pencil
  • Ruler


  1. Take a grocery bag, cut it open lengthwise, and trim the box-bottom off so you have a long piece of brown paper—it should measure about three feet long.
  2. Copy the style of drawing on the inside cover of the book. Down the center of the bag, draw a redwood tree that scales to be about 350 feet tall with crayon, pastels, or colored pencils. Be sure to label the height.
  3. For vegetation, you can use pieces of sponge, coloring the sponge with colored marker and then stamping the sponge on the paper to sponge paint your habitat.
  4. You can add a small person in the corner as a scale marker, and also mark a "nest spot"—about 320 feet from the ground.
  5. Next, trace the 3 x 5 index card in three locations of your choosing to create three large rectangles. You can fill these rectangles with key facts you learn from reviewing the book or re-watching the video.


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