The Treasure Tree Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

''The Treasure Tree'' by John Trent is a story about four very different animals, each with a unique personality. This lesson plan is designed to be used with students who are new to the book. The corresponding activity reinforces the key ideas presented in the story.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize the plot of The Treasure Tree by John Trent
  • describe the characters in the book
  • discuss the moral of the book


Up to two weeks to read the book and 45 to 60 minutes for the activity

Curriculum Standards


Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).


  • Copies of The Treasure Tree by John Trent, one for each student
  • Large photographs or printed images of a lion, a beaver, an otter and a Golden Retriever


  • Give each student a copy of The Treasure Tree by John Trent.
  • Assign one chapter at a time to the class. The chapters can be read during class reading time or as homework. After the students read each chapter, have them write a brief summary of what they read.
  • When the book has been read in its entirety and a brief summary has been written for each chapter, review each chapter as a class with students, eliciting and including input from their written summaries before reviewing the discussion questions.

Discussion Questions

  • Who are the main characters in the book?
  • What is the Treasure Tree?
  • Why do the four friends want to unlock the gate to the Treasure Tree?
  • How do they accomplish their goal?
  • What do the characters learn about one another from their quest?
  • What is the moral of the story?
  • How might it be helpful to understand one's own personality type?

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