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2005 Tree Calendar

School: E.L. Haynes Public Charter School

City/State: Washington, DC

Grade(s): K

Format(s): Calendar

Subject(s): English Language Arts, Science and Technology, Visual Arts

Project Overview

This calendar was created by kindergarten students from the E.L. Haynes Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., as part of a Learning Expedition on local trees. Each month of the calendar features an illustration of trees (or a single tree) at the corresponding time of year, along with other features of the landscape. Included with each drawing is a line of text that explains a tidbit of information on trees and what they provide (apples, wood for doll houses, etc.).

Each month’s calendar is hand written by students, including the days of the week and the days of the month.

How This Project Can Be Useful

  • A useful example of young students incorporating drawings and text within one overall format.
  • Clearly shows young student writing. See text for February: “Trees rest in winter.”
  • An example of kindergarten students creating a useful product for an authentic audience.
  • Some examples of careful illustrations.

Common Core State Standards

Standard Long Term Learning Target
  • I can teach my reader about a topic using pictures and words.
  • I can use grammar conventions to send a clear message to a reader or listener.
  • I can use conventions to send a clear message to my reader.
  • I can speak using words I hear in books.
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