For trees...starting in K, then one I do an excercise where we pretend we are a tree....first we are growing, then our "branches" spread out and then our twigs grow...we are blowing in the wind and our branches are creaking. Then we sometimes paint trees, sometimes we use trees in a weather landscape (the cold, rainy winter landscape with bare trees for grade one was fantastic!) It seems to get them out of that "lollipop" tree phase. By fourth grade, I will call them on the lollipop tree, telling them I know they can add more detail than that! Although I do still get lollipop trees.....at least they add more leaves!!!