Giant Sequoias are big trees

21 Aug

Greg and kids struggling with futility

This one is actually a pretty small one.  You couldn’t cut a hole in it to drive a car through, after all.  Still, Greg is nearly 6ft tall if that gives you perspective.  Do you see any branches on it –no?  That’s because they are another 20-30 feet above the picture.  They truly are GIANT trees!  Here is a great resource with loads of information about these impressive trees as well as other trees that are bigger, taller, wider, older, etc. than the trees you are used to seeing around you.  [click]  It is amazing to me — especially as I prepare to teach 4th grade which means learning about California — that California has the most massive trees (Giant Sequoias), the tallest trees (Coastal Redwoods — my backyard trees! 🙂 ), the oldest trees (Bristlecone Pine), and the largest community-based organisms (Aspen Groves).  Anyway . . . we have cool birds too, so come visit!

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7 Responses to “Giant Sequoias are big trees”

  1. robin andrea 21 August, 2008 at 6:07 am #

    I’ve never considered that list as you presented it, Liza. It’s really quite impressive. There is something about standing next to one of those Giant Sequoias that puts life into an interesting perspective. Their age and commanding presence dwarfs our rather short years and stature on earth.

  2. Trixie 21 August, 2008 at 9:58 am #

    I had a long term sub in first grade who had just been to the Sequoias. She passed around a cone from one and a cone from a few of our Ohio evergreens. It is my strongest memory from first grade.

  3. KGMom 22 August, 2008 at 5:00 am #

    Just the glimpse of that tree trunk is amazing.
    I am so glad there are teachers such as you to impart knowledge to students about the wondrous world in which we live.

  4. Sandy 22 August, 2008 at 12:16 pm #

    Seeing the trees is one of my best memories of visiting the west coast when I was young.

    Strong bunch you have there.

  5. Pam 22 August, 2008 at 5:56 pm #

    I totally am in love with California trees! Well, okay, I’m in love with most trees, but California trees are totally in a class by themselves in my book!

  6. mdvaden 5 December, 2009 at 9:06 pm #

    Teaching about trees to 4th graders would be fun.

    I’ve seen that one link you posted before, and emailed that site owner to exchange some information about coast redwoods. I suppose you already know that only 7 giant sequoia are the largest trees, since the largest coast redwood is larger than all the rest of them.

    There is one photo of foliage in my albums, where I place the foliage of giant sequoia next to the upper canopy foliage of coast redwood. They almost look the same.

    http://www.mdvaden.com/grove_of_titans.shtml

    If you look for the album links, that image and others can be found. Maybe something will be useful for teaching. Cheers.

    MDV ~ Oregon

    • Liza Lee Miller 6 December, 2009 at 7:40 am #

      Thanks for your generosity! Teaching 4th graders is really fun . . .

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