The Storyteller Tree Grade 4 History European Settlement

Journey Through Time: Decorating a Learning Tree with Historical Stories


Decorating a learning tree that tells a story related to history can be a fun and engaging way to enhance the learning experience. Here are some methods you can use to decorate such a tree:

World History and the Movement of People
Australian Curriculum Grade 4 QLD:

Student Focus

  • sequencing significant historical people and events
  • using historical terms
  • posing a range of questions
  • locating relevant information from sources provided
  • identifying diversity in different points of view
  • developing texts, particularly narratives
  • using a range of communication forms and digital technologies.

The key inquiry questions for the unit are:

  • Why did the great journeys of exploration occur?
  • Why did the Europeans settle in Australia

The Storyteller Tree Grade 4 History Movement of People

Utilising the tree to teach the past.

  1. Historical Figures Cut-outs: Print out or create cut-outs of famous historical figures and attach them to the branches of the tree. You can add a small description or quote from each figure to provide additional context.
  1. Timeline Banners: Create banners or ribbons that depict a historical timeline and hang them around the tree trunk. Each banner can represent a different era or event, and you can add images or key dates to make it visually appealing.
  1. Maps and Flags: Hang historical maps or flags on the branches to represent different countries or regions relevant to the historical story. This can help visually connect the events to specific locations. 
  1. Artifacts and Replicas: Incorporate small replicas or models of historical artifacts that are related to the story being told. For example, if the story is about ancient Egypt, you can add miniature pyramids or statues.
  1. Speech Bubbles: Attach speech bubbles or quotes to the branches of the tree, featuring important statements or dialogues related to the historical events or terms. This can add a narrative element to the tree.
  1. Paper Chains: Create paper chains using coloured paper strips, with each strip representing a significant historical event. You can link the chains together and wrap them around the tree to visually depict the sequence of events.
  1. Pop-up Books or Storybooks: Place historical pop-up books or storybooks on the book brackets or base of the tree, allowing learners to explore and read about different historical events or periods.
  1. Photographic Display: Hang photographs or printed images depicting historical scenes or individuals on the branches. This can provide visual cues and spark curiosity about the story.
  1. Flags of Nations: Decorate the tree with flags of different nations involved in the historical story. This can represent the diversity and global impact of the events.
  1. Quotations and Narratives: Write famous quotes or short narratives related to the historical story on colourful cards or paper leaves. Attach them to the branches to provide additional information and stimulate discussion.

Remember, the key is to create a visually appealing and interactive learning environment that encourages exploration and curiosity about history.

Treely European Settlement Tree (pictured above)

  • Leaves - orange to depict the colours of Australia.
  • Sign - Whiteboard with printed text European Settlement and a UK flag
  • Trunk - BW A4 printed maps from Teach Starter download. attached with sticky tape.
  • Book Bracket 1 - book Welcome to Country by Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy
  • Book Bracket 2 - A4 magnet white board with A3 colour print of Timeline of Cook's First Endeavour Voyage from Teach Starter download
  • Greenery - gum leaves to represent the fauna Cook discovered when landing in Australia.
  • Significant figures and imagery for storytelling - A4 colour printed from Teach Starter download onto coloured orange paper. Attached with Blutak.
  • Words (word wall) BW print onto coloured paper. Attached with Blutak.


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