Will and his baby sister brave the Jelly Tree Forest, desperately looking for someone who can lead them to the Temples of Light. (Duration: 28:35) Theme music by Kevin Macleod – Incompetech.com. Want to listen offline? Click the download icon on the player above to download this episode to your device.
Review some of the many benefits of trees, some of which are mentioned in the episode. Here are just a few:
- Trees produce oxygen for us to breath. They also clean the air and reduce smog by intercepting airborne particulates.
- Trees provide a habitat (or home) for many creatures such as birds, insects, squirrels, and even us! The framing of our homes is made of wood that comes from trees!
- Trees provide shade and can keep you cool on a hot summer day.
- Trees can absorb sound and reduce noise pollution by up to 40%.
- Studies have shown that neighborhoods with lots of trees have less crime. Many researchers believe that this may be because tree-lined streets have a calming effect and can in some cases bring neighbors together.
- Getting out in nature among the trees improves your mental health.
- They’re beautiful to look at!
Talk about what you love about trees. Where are some of your favorite trees?
Review the various parts of a tree:
(Source: The Visual Dictionary)
Roots: The part of the tree that grows underground. They help support the tree and collect water and nutrients from the soil and stores them when there isn’t much available.
Leaves: Make food for the tree through a process called Photosynthesis. In this process, the leaves absorb the sun’s energy and uses it to split the water molecules (absorbed by the roots) into oxygen and hydrogen. The oxygen is released into the atmosphere and the hydrogen and carbon dioxide is used to make glucose (or sugar) which is used as food for the tree. The sugar produced by the tree is stored throughout the tree (branches, trunk, roots), but can also be stored in the fruit created by the tree.
Branch: Offshoot from the trunk. They help distribute the leaves, serve as conduits for water, and store extra sugar.
Trunk: The body of the tree. The trunk provides support for the crown and transports sugar from the leaves and water/nutrients from the soil.
Twig: Divisions in the branches
Crown: The section of the tree from the first branch to the top.
Bark: The outside protective layer of the trunk. The bark shields the more delicate inner layers of wood in the trunk.
Colors change with the seasons.
In places with cooler temperatures, leaves change colors in the fall. Check out some of these amazing displays of fall colors – often referred to as Fall Foliage.
Go outside and practice identifying the different parts of a tree. If you’re feeling ambitious, see if you can identify the types of trees around your home. Feel free to cheat and use the internet if you need to.
Identify the age of a tree. If you can find a fallen dead tree near your home, you can count the number of rings in the trunk. Each year the tree creates a new ring, so however many you find is the number of years that tree has been alive.
If you can’t find a fallen tree, you can get an approximate age of the tree by measuring the trunk with a measuring tape. The number of inches is the approximate number of years the tree has been alive.