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In summer the leaves on the strange tree growing in Miss McGillicuddy's yard are harvested by many people, but when Miss McGillicuddy thinks about needing firewood for the winter, she realizes the tree may have ...
In summer the leaves on the strange tree growing in Miss McGillicuddy's yard are harvested by many people, but when Miss McGillicuddy thinks about needing firewood for the winter, she realizes the tree may have another use.
"A picture book for all seasons." —Starred, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
What does the title page suggest about the
setting of the book?
The book begins in January, when it is cold
outside and snow is on the ground. Study the
picture on the first page of the story. What are
Miss McGillicuddy’s wintertime activities?
Discuss how her activities change with each
month of the year.
Miss McGillicuddy has a May Day celebration
for the children who live near her farm. She
gives each of them money from the money
tree. Count the children who come to Miss
McGillicuddy’s party. If she gives each of them
five one-dollar bills, how much money does
she give away?
Make a money tree for the classroom. Have
students make one-dollar, five-dollar, and tendollar
bills to attach to the tree. Divide the
class into small groups and ask each group to
create a math problem using the money tree.
In July, town officials ask Miss McGillicuddy
if they can take money from the tree for
some special projects. Brainstorm ways the
community might use the money (e.g., a public
swimming pool, a park or playground for children). Divide the class into groups, and ask
each group to select a project to present to
Miss McGillicuddy. Instruct them to provide an
artistic rendering of the project, and offer an
oral sales pitch.
Ask students to write a thank-you note to Miss
McGillicuddy from the mayor of the town. The
note should include a description of the
community project that the money funded.
Discuss why Miss McGillicuddy is never
interested in the money for herself. Why is she
relieved when the leaves on the money tree
turn yellow and brown? How is her life better
when she cuts down the tree? What does the
tree offer Miss McGillicuddy that it doesn’t
provide anyone else?
Posted June 2, 2005
This is what happens when a tree starts growing where Miss McGillicuddy didn't plant one and the leaves are money. She just lets people take the money. But they keep coming and don't leave her alone. It ends, with Miss Mcgillicuddy having some boys cut it down and uses the wood in the winter. If you have a money tree, people will bother you, but I would still want one.
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