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Lesson 11 – Deciduous and Coniferous Trees

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Read About Deciduous and Coniferous Trees

Vocabulary

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Coniferous trees produce seeds protected by cones.

Deciduous trees have leaves that change colour, usually in the fall, and shed their leaves once a year.

Leaves are the part of a plant that soaks up sunlight and makes food for the plant.

Needles are the small, needle-shaped leaves of a coniferous tree.

A pinecone is the part of a pine tree that keeps its seed safe.

Roots are the part of the plant that usually grows underground and soaks up nutrients and water for the plant.

Scales are the woody pieces that make up a pinecone.

A tree branch is the part of a tree that grows out of the main trunk.

The tree trunk is the thick main stem of a tree.

Deciduous and Coniferous Trees

All trees are the same in some ways. They have roots, a trunk, and branches. They also have leaves that make food for the tree. Trees can be divided into two groups—deciduous (say it like this: duh-si-dyu-us) and coniferous (say it like this: kuh-ni-fur-us).

To learn more about deciduous and coniferous trees, watch the video by Nerdy About Nature on Youtube.

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