The Social Life of Trees – Part One (Story)

The Social Life of Trees

Part 1 of a book series, called, ‘The Social Life Of Trees’ which is from our Ecology Umbrella, shines a light on the fact that humans have a lot to learn from trees. Like us, trees live in communities and understand their importance. They cannot thrive without each other.

They share resources and put up a united front against their enemies and the forces of nature, irrespective of the species. 

If humans followed in the footsteps of trees, by living harmoniously, putting our differences aside and helping each other out, we’d be so much happier. Humans are the only species who take more than they need. Trees are selfless. 

Social Life of Trees - Page 1 - 
Two big cartoon trees bid a small tree goodbye. 
Dialogue: "Bye Maple! Have fun at school!" / "Bye daddies!"

Social Life of Trees - Page 2

Social Life of Trees - Page 3

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Social Life of Trees - Page 5

Social Life of Trees - Page 6

Let’s Discuss:

  • What was your biggest take away from the story?
  • Did you know that trees have genders?
  • Why are mother trees so important?
  • What did you understand about fungal networks and why they are important?
  • If a birch tree is destroyed why does the fir tree next to it get sick?
  • Do mother trees only look after saplings of the same species?
  • How is the beech tree stump coming back to life?
  • Why is it important for trees to live in communities?
  • Are trees living beings? Did you know that or is this something you’ve learned from the book?
  • Are humans similar to trees, in what way?
  • Is there anything we can learn from trees?
  • To make the children laugh: how many of you are like Maple – always late?

Note: younger children (7-12) may find some of these questions hard to answer. The teacher may decide which questions to ask them.

The teacher will conclude the activity by telling the children; the tree is the fulcrum of all life on earth.Humans, animals and various microorganisms depend on trees for survival.

When we look at trees what do we see? A huge trunk – rough, smooth, patchy, furrowed, scaly. Branches of different shapes and sizes shooting out at different angles. A mop of leaves for a crown.

What we don’t see is the life that a tree has led, the information it has filed away, their ability to communicate below the ground, their selflessness and devotion to the health and well being of all life in a forest, irrespective of the species.

At Rangeet, we create original content like this five-part story series inspired by Suzanne Simard, Peter Wohlleben and Richard Grant. ‘Social Life of Trees’ is a fun way to teach children complex topics like the ways trees communicate and learn from each other, to the relationship between trees and animals, or trees and humans.

It’s important to find ways to bring joy to the act of learning. Interested in doing that too? Reach out to to work with us!

Team Rangeet

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