Christmas Tree Resources

Illinois Ag in the Classroom is excited to offer the following resources for teaching students about Christmas Trees:

- Christmas Trees Handout
- Recommended Reading
- Interview with Patricia Toht, author of "Pick a Pine Tree"
- Christmas Tree Lessons
- Interview with a Christmas Tree Farmer

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Christmas Tree Resources

Christmas Trees Handout

Read about the history and production of Christmas Trees and meet some Christmas Tree farmers!

Recommended Reading

Christmas Books:

  • Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree by Robert Barry
  • Christmas Farm by Mary Lyn Ray
  • Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck
  • Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht
  • Carpenter's Gift: A Christmas Tale about the Rockefeller Center Tree by David Rubel

Winter / Tree Books:

  • This Very Tree by Sean Rubin
  • Sleep Tight Farm by Eugenie Doyl
  • Zee Grows a Tree by Elizabeth Rusch

Have a visit with Patricia Toht, author of Pick a Pine Tree!

Watch this brief interview with the author of Pick a Pine Tree, one of our favorite evergreen tree books, to hear about her holiday traditions, her upcoming books, and more!

IAITC Christmas Tree Lessons

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3-D Evergreen Tree
3-D Evergreen Tree
Comparing Conifer Hardiness
Comparing Conifer Hardiness
Pinecone Adaptation Experiment
Pinecone Adaptation Experiment

How are Christmas trees grown in Illinois?

Watch this interview with Brian Helmig, a Christmas tree grower from McLean County, Illinois to learn more about how Helmig Tree Farm grows their trees!

Agriculture in the Holidays

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All Things Pumpkins

Every year October rolls around and what does that mean Illinois? PUMPKINS! Check out "All Things Pumpkins" to discover Illinois' connection to this famous gourd!