It’s autumn and leaves are falling everywhere we look.
We live in a neighborhood that has a ton of oak trees. Okay, not a literal ton, but you get the idea.
So every fall, there are acorns as far as the eye can see.
Which gave me the idea to create a new life cycle activity: this Oak Tree Life Cycle Sequencing Activity set!
Oak trees are excellent topics for science with primary grade students. Depending on where you live, you can actually see steps in this process with your class in real life!
Read on to see how to use this hands-on life cycle lesson with students.
And, for more ways to learn about plant life cycles, don’t miss our Apple Life Cycle Activity!
Oak Tree Life Cycle Sequencing Activity for Kids
To use this printable oak tree life cycle sequencing activity, you’ll need the following: (Affiliate links are given below. For details, see our Disclosure Policy.)
- Printer (with ink)
- Printer paper or cardstock
- Child-safe scissors
- Glue sticks
- Hook and loop sticky dots (optional)
- Laminator (optional)
- Dry erase markers (optional)
This plant science resource includes a completed life cycle mat, which you can use to review the steps in the sequence with the class.
Then there’s a blank mat for students to complete with labeled or unlabeled picture sequence circles.
There’s also a version of the activity mat that includes space for students to label the steps for themselves.
And a blackline version is included too!
How to Teach the Oak Tree Life Cycle Sequence
To start discussing this topic with your class, review the completed life cycle and walk the students through each step.
If you can get acorns or oak tree leaves, they’d make great visual aids or sensory objects at centers too.
Once you review the sequence, you can talk about the names for each stage in the growth process.
This will be very helpful if you plan to use the labeling activity mat.
If you have pre-readers or ELL students in your class, swap out the labeled circles for the unlabeled picture circles.
Use the differences in each picture to help them remember the process without worrying about spell or pronouncing each stage.
My personal favorite way to use this resource is as a reusable center activity.
I prep it once and it can be used over and over again.
But it works well as a one-time cut and paste activity for each student too.
Another way to reuse this resource is to laminate the labeling mat. Students can write in the correct stage names with dry erase markers.
Then just wipe it clean to use it again.
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