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Gee O Me Tree

Gail Ladd


Gee O Me Tree is a unique way to get acquainted and create a welcoming bulletin board for your classroom as the students follow multiple-step oral directions and review geometric shapes.


The student follows multiple-step oral directions.


-Cassette tape or CD of the song “Getting to Know You” by Oscar Hammerstein from the musical [The King and I]
-Cassette or CD player
-Pictures of geometric figures for review: circle, triangle, quadrilateral, rectangle, square, pentagon, hexagon, octagon
-Gee O Me Tree Activity Sheet (See Associated File)
-Gee O Me Tree List of Oral Directions (See Associated File)
-Overhead projector (If none is available, write the directions on a large poster or chart paper for self-checking and omit transparency listed below.)
-Overhead transparency of oral directions for students to self-check
-Sample Gee O Me Tree Activity Sheet completed by the teacher to illustrate successful completion of lesson
-Push pins or tape to display pictures of geometric shapes and completed trees
-Brown, black, red, blue, yellow, green, purple, and orange crayons


1. Obtain a cassette tape or CD of the song “Getting to Know You” by Oscar Hammerstein from the musical [The King and I].
2. Obtain pictures of geometric shapes: circle, triangle, quadrilateral, square, rectangle, pentagon, hexagon, and octagon.
3. Make one copy per student of the Gee O Me Tree Activity Sheet. (See Associated File)
4. Make a completed teacher sample of the Gee O Me Tree Activity Sheet. (See Associated File)
5. Make a teacher copy of the Gee O Me Tree List of Oral Directions. (See Associated File)
6. Obtain an overhead projector or large chart paper.
7. Make a transparency or large chart of the oral directions for student self-checking.
8. Make sure each student has the required crayons.


1. Play the song “Getting to Know You” to gain class attention.

2. Explain to the students that they will be doing an oral, following directions activity and reviewing basic geometric shapes to get to know each other better.

3. Show the class pictures of each geometric figure to diagnostically assess prior knowledge.

4. Ask the students to identify each shape.

5. Display the pictures where students can refer to them if necessary.

6. Pass out the Gee O Me Tree Activity Sheet. (See Associated File)

7. Tell the students you will read each oral direction three times. They are to listen as you read it the first time, do what the direction says the second time, and check their work the third time.

8. After giving the first direction, walk around the class to formatively assess if there is any confusion. Check that students are using the correct color, and coloring in the trunk and branches.

9. Give positive feedback or redirection if needed.

10. Continue with the directions, walking around the room to formatively assess the students’ progress. Check that students are drawing the correct shapes, accurately placing them on the activity sheet according to the directions, and coloring the correct colors.

11. After all the directions are given, show the students the teacher completed Gee O Me Tree Activity Sheet.

12. Place the oral directions transparency on the overhead (or display chart).

13. Ask the students to analyze the teacher sheet. What can they deduce about the teacher by the way the tree was completed?

14. Explain to the students that they are to self-check their own tree. Have them make corrections as needed. Play the song “Getting to Know You” while students are checking.

15. When students finish checking their trees, divide the class into groups of 3 or 4.

16. Have students share their trees within the group.

17. When sharing is complete within the groups, hang the completed trees on a bulletin board for all to enjoy!


1. Use the Gee O Me Tree List of Oral Directions (See Associated File) to formatively assess the student's ability to follow multiple-step oral directions by drawing, placing, and/or coloring shapes according to the directions.
2. Students demonstrate that they are effective communicators by sharing their completed trees with their groups.


1. The trees on display may be used as part of a graphing lesson in the future. Students could interpret the data and create pictographs, bar graphs, etc. to represent the information.
2. This lesson could be used as an introduction to a unit of study on geometry.
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