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Students learn about 'goods from woods'

Extension educator visits Lincolnshire Elementary School

Extension educator visits Lincolnshire Elementary School

February 11, 2008|By JANET HEIM

When Beth Bubacz dropped the bombshell that wax for crayons and lipstick comes from trees, the kindergartners in Kristy Rubeck's class gasped, then replied with "cool."

Even Rubeck said that was news to her.

Bubacz, an extension educator with 4-H Youth Development in Washington County, visited Lincolnshire Elementary School almost every day during the week of Feb. 4 to give a presentation called "Goods from the Woods" to each of the four kindergarten classes.

"We started the year doing trees, talking about different things from trees, which is why this program fit in perfectly," Rubeck said.

The interactive program had students on their feet pretending to be trees and identifying the various parts. Bubacz then read "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein as the children listened to the importance a tree had in a boy's life.

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Students were then asked to identify what products they thought came from trees - coffee, apples, orange soda, Kleenex, cinnamon, sponges, shoe polish and more - on a large display board.

"I have a secret. They all came from a tree," Bubacz said, much to the surprise of the students.

When Bubacz asked the purpose of tree roots, Nevaeh Avila was quick to answer.

"If there's a really bad storm, the roots will help the tree stay in place," she said.

An "I Spy" game had the students circling the classroom, searching for items made from trees. Before Bubacz finished, she asked the students to go home and share something they learned from the presentation, but not to spoil any of the surprises for students who would see the program the next day.

As she passed out bookmarks, Bubacz reminded students that books and paper come from trees.

As for the bookmark, "It's made of paper, so I'm giving you a tree to take home with you," she said.

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