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Five Amazing Trees Lapbook Resources

Updated on December 5, 2013

Lapbooks can be a great way to get children of all ages actively participating in their learning and are used by home educating families all over the world. Lapbooks can range from simple cutting, matching and sticking activities to complex items full of mini books of information, pictures and other times.

Materials can be prepared in advance for younger children so all they have to do it put everything together whereas older or more able children can cut out their own materials and could maybe research for the answers to any questions on their own using the internet or books rather than having them provided directly or as multiple choice suggestions. Some children may even enjoy designing their own Lapbook from scratch using a computer or my hand. Programs such as Microsoft Publisher and Inspirations are ideal for creating boxes, lift up flaps and mini book layouts. There are also many available to download online either free or charge or for a small one off payment.

All the resources in this hub have been designed by myself and the pictures and photographs are all free clip art or are allowed to be used for personal and home use under Creative Commons licensing so please feel free to copy them and use them yourselves. Please remember to credit the photographers or my designs if used in a way that requires this such as websites and blogs.

Ginkgo tree close up.
Ginkgo tree close up. | Source

Amazing Trees

Ginkgo Biloba

The ginkgo biloba tree (also spelled as gingko or known as the maidenhair tree) is a unique species of tree that has no known living relatives. The tree is considered a living fossil and has changed very little over time. The oldest ginkgo fossils date back 270 million years.
The ginkgo is a large dioecious tree that can grow to 20-35m (66-115 ft.) tall. Several ginkgo trees survived the 1945 Hiroshima atom bomb. They were growing only 1-2km from the site of the explosion and although charred, they survived and were soon healthy again even though all other plants and animals died.
Ginkgo nuts are sometimes used in Chinese cooking but if eaten in large quantities can cause poisoning. The trees leaves are used medicinally to treat dementia and is said to enhance concentration and memory.

Sugar pine cone.
Sugar pine cone. | Source

Sugar Pine

The sugar pine (pinus lambertiana) produces the longest cones of any conifer tree. These have been known to grow up to 66cm (26in) long though are commonly between 25-50cm (10-20in) long. Sugar pine trees can be found in Oregon, California and also Mexico and are named due to their sweet resin.
As well as having the longest cones of any tree, the sugar pine is the largest species of pine tree. It generally grows to 40-60m (130-200ft.) tall and can have a trunk diameter of 1.5-2.4m (5-8ft.). The largest ever recorded sugar pine was 82.05m (269.2ft.) tall specimen that grew in Yosemite National Park in California.

Pinus longaeva.
Pinus longaeva. | Source

Bristlecone Pine

Bristlecone pines are believed to be the longest living organism at over 5,000 years old. These pines grow in isolated groves and grow very slowly due to cold temperatures, dry soils, high winds and a short growing season. There are three species of bristlecone pine: Rocky Mountain bristlecone pine (Pinus aristata), Great Basin bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva) and Foxtail pine (Pinus balfouriana).

Acacia thorns.
Acacia thorns. | Source

Bullhorn Acacia

The bullhorn acacia (acacia cornigera) is a tree native to Mexico and Central America. Large hollow thorns grow in pairs at the base of its leaves that resemble bull horns, hence its common name. These thorns are often strung onto necklaces and belts but also provide homes for the acacia ant ( ppseudomyrmex ferruginea). The ants live inside the thorns and fed on its carbohydrate rich nectar and on protein-lipid modules in the leaflets. In return for this the ants protect the tree from harmful insects and herbivores who may wish to eat the trees leaves. This is called a symbiotic relationship.

Jackfruit growing in Singapore.
Jackfruit growing in Singapore. | Source

Jackfruit Tree

The Jackfruit tree (Artocarpus heterophyllus) is native to parts of South and Southeast Asia and produces the largest tree-borne fruit. The jack fruit tree is a member of the mulberry family and produces melon shaped fruit that can be up to 92cm (3ft.) long. The fruits grow from the trees trunk as well as the branches and are eaten raw, boiled or roasted and can weigh up to 40kg each. The seeds of the jackfruit are a rich source of fibre, vitamins A and C and also contains some B vitamins, calcium, zinc and phosphorus. Jackfruit can be used in curries and soups or if ripe and sweet is eaten as a fruit. The wood from the jackfruit tree is used to produce musical instruments such as drums and also for building furniture and houses in India.

All the lapbook resources on this hub have all been designed by myself and are free for home educating families to use.

To save the pictures, click on the thumbnail to display the relevant photo. Right click on the picture and select 'Save Image As'. Chose where to save the picture to on your hard drive and click save.

They can now be printed and use in lapbooks, project work, posters etc.

Lapbook Resources - handwriting practice

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Questions and graphics

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Lapbook resources - Question graphics

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