Resource: Interactive Tree Science
Provider: University of Illinois Extension
Summary: Your elementary grade children will enjoy this website! The University of Illinois Extension developed this interactive site that provides a multi-media tutorial in the life cycle of trees and much more.
Description: When you get to the site, turn on your speakers and then click on the arrows to watch and listen as your guide, an animated acorn named Pierre, explains:
*The usefulness of trees
*The parts of a tree
*How leaves make food for trees - a scientific look at different kinds of leaves and their functions. (Includes fun leaf-rubbing activity.)
*How the seasons affect trees.
*The shapes of trees.
*Care and conservation of trees.
This is a great introduction to tree botany and appreciation of nature. If you enjoy it, your children may also enjoy another video on the site called "The Secret Life of Trees" that you can view here:http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/trees2/index.html