Education about trees starts at home and these fun facts about wood will get the kids excited to learn more

March 02, 2017

Education about trees starts at home and these fun facts about wood will sure get the kids excited to learn more.

"Say this three times fast: How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? This is a super fun tongue twister and leads us to our topic: wood. Wood is an organic material, meaning it comes from nature. Specifically, the part of nature that wood comes from is the trunks and branches of trees. If you cut through the trunk of a tree, there are several rings that tell you how old the wood is. The more rings the tree has, the older the wood; kind of like the more wrinkles a person has, the older the person (kidding!). Trees are tall plants made of wood.Wood is made up of different cells; they are either living, dying or dead. These cells make up two things: the cellulose and the lignin. The cellulose are tiny fibres, and the lignin is the glue that holds the fibres together." via

  1. Plants that aren't quite tall enough to be considered trees are often called shrubs.via
  2. Trees can live for thousands of years.via
  3. Some trees can grow to around 100 metres (328 feet) in height!via
  4. The tallest species of trees in the world include the Coast Redwood, Giant Sequoia, Coast Douglas Fir, Sitka Spruce and Australian Mountain Ash.via
  5. The Giant Sequoia is not only tall, it is also wide. Because of its amazing size, some believe that the Giant Sequoia is the largest living organism in the world!via
  6. Trees produce oxygen and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.via
  7. The roots of a tree usually grow underground, helping keep it stable and providing it with water and important nutrients.via
  8. Water and nutrients travel up the tree trunk, through the branches and all the way out to the leaves.via
  9. The trunk of a tree is protected by an outside layer of bark.via
  10. The way a tree grows through different seasons can be seen by growth rings in the wood, they can even be used to determine the age of a tree. via
  11. Planting trees can help prevent erosion.via
  12. Wood from trees can be used in a number of different ways including as a building material and energy source (such as a campfire). via