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Quick and easy classroom-ready warm-ups, inspired by kids’ curious questions from around the world — updated weekly. 

Step 1) Ask:
“Why do trees have bark?”

Step 2) Watch:
Play the video above for your students.

  • What you’ll see: A picturesque video by The National Geographic illustrating the life of trees, including footage of a tree being de-barked.
  • Length: Under 4 minutes.

Step 3) Discuss:
Now, get your students talking. Start with 1-3 questions of your choice:

  • Where is tree bark found?
  • What does tree bark protect?
  • Without their bark, would trees dry up? What would happen?
  • Are trees alive? Is their bark alive?
  • What happens as trees grow older?
  • Is bark to trees what skin is to the human body? What’s similar/different between them?

Step 4) Answer:
So, why do trees have bark?

Your students should now have a strong grasp on how to answer this question. Let them tell you!


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Curiospiration #6: “Why do trees have bark?”

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