Wishtree

Wishtree by  photographys by Robert Llewellyn    
fiction
Grades: 3-6th
Lexile Level: 590L

Selected because: 
Uses fantasy to describe interdependency in a tree community.
Ties a tree into human society and addresses social issues. 

Suggested activities:
List animals in the book, create a web of interdependence.
Each animal and tree species has its own naming protocol. Discuss and have students choose and justify their own naming protocol and name.
Have a wishtree day. Select a tree in the school yard to be a wishtree (perhaps have campaigns for different trees). Record wishes on biodegradable materials (color coded for items wanted wishes, silly wishes, people to people wishes and so on). Wishes should be recorded on materials that can be used by wildlife/decay.