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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