The Wish Trees learning resources for teachers

A new teaching resource for The Wish Trees: How Planting Trees Can Help Make the World a Better Placeincludes discussion prompts and student activities for K-Grade 2.

If your students want to learn about trees, there’s no better way than planting Wish Trees. The idea, inspired by the children’s book The Wish Trees: How Planting Trees Can Help Make the World a Better Placeencourages kids to plant a local tree seedling and then make a wish for the world. Then, each time they return to visit and/or care for their tree they can make more wishes!

“I wish for a happy and healthy planet, so it can be there for generations to enjoy.” — Kiana

Trees do so many tree-mendous things and planting a tree provides an excellent opportunity to share their importance with your children. Whether or not you dress up the tree with handprinted wishes or just speak them with your mind, doing something hopeful, like planting a tree, is a great way to encourage little ones to take pride in their contribution and take part in the world around them.

  1. Discussion Prompt #1: Have you ever wondered how to plant a Wish Tree?
  2. Discussion Prompt #2: If you planted a Wish Tree, what would you wish for the world be? For example: “I wish I had super powers to save the earth and save people.” — Aiden
  3. Discussion Prompt #3: Which tree is your favorite tree in the book? Why did you pick it?
  4. Discussion Prompt #4: Why is it important to plant trees? 
  5. Activity #1: Use your imagination and draw any type of tree you would like to plant.
  6. Activity #2: Plant a Wish Tree with your teacher and make a Wish for The World.
  7. Activity #3: Post your students’ wishes for the world on a giant poster of a tree with wishes blowing away from it out to the world or write the words on 100% recycled paper and place on a tree. You can also post their wishes at Make a WishForTheWorld.
  8. Activity #4: Have a class fundraiser to raise funds for a children’s environmental education or tree planting charity like The ChariTree Foundation.

Here is some more information from the amazon listing about this outstanding book. 

Planting a tree is an act of hope. And that is a message our children need to hear now more than ever.

Inspiring and uplifting, The Wish Treesis rooted in the idea that every child can help make the world a better place. This whimsical children’s book introduces young readers to the fun of tree planting as they meet kids around the globe planting Wish Trees and making wishes.

Kids will discover the wonder of trees and enjoy searching for different animals and tree names with each new page. Thoughtful, empowering and beautifully written by journalist and children’s environmental education advocate Andrea Koehle Jones, The Wish Trees features illustrations by New York Times best-selling illustrator Alicia Padrón. The Wish Trees: How Planting Trees Can Help Make the World a Better Place is inspiring little tree planters and wishers everywhere.

Discover how to plant a tree

Young children will fall in love with trees, learn how trees can help our planet and begin to understand that they are never too little to help the world. This September 15, 2021 edition of The Wish Trees includes a bonus: “How to Plant a Wish Tree.

100% of profits from this book will be donated to The ChariTree Foundation and other children’s environmental education and tree planting projects.

  • Beautiful text and illustrations pair to show the wonderful ways children around the world can connect with nature through a single wish tree.
  • The text is poetic and soothing, but simple enough for young listeners and young independent readers. A sweet environmental children’s book that introduces children to the wonder of trees and the joy of tree planting.
  • Written by award-winning children’s climate education advocate, climate journalist and United Nations Climate Observer Andrea Koehle Jones.
  • Illustrated by New York Times bestseller Alicia Padrón.
  • Non-fiction STEM back matter shows kids how to plant a tree and make a wish for the world.
  • An outstanding book for nature-loving kids and a wonderful addition to any classroom, library, or home.