In this lesson learners work together to create a class tree display.

Each learner is given a template with a leaf and an apple on it. Learners write on the leaf and draw matching pictures on the apple. After cutting them out, the leaves and apples are displayed randomly on the wall or noticeboard. Learners then try to match each leaf with its corresponding apple. Finally each learner gives a short presentation describing their leaf and apple while learners check their answers.

End the lesson with younger children by listening to the song The leaves on the trees. Older children could watch The story of quinine to learn about one of the ways trees are important in our lives.


  • To start the school year with a project that encourages learners to bond as a group
  • To give learners an opportunity to introduce themselves to each other by talking about things they like (e.g. colours, food, animals and activities)
  • To make a guessing game where learners match the written word to pictures
  • To provide listening practice with a tree-themed song or story
  • To encourage learners to appreciate that trees provide food (as well as oxygen, wood and medicine)

Age group



CEFR level A1–A2


50–60 minutes


The lesson plan, worksheet and template can be downloaded in PDF format below. In addition, you will need:

Karen Elliot

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