I was taught this song in my college trees class. The student that shared it with the class said she had learned it Girl Scouts.
There are several species or types of oaks. The White Oak is the state tree of Illinois, among other states. Sing this song to the tune of “Row, row, row your boat” to try to identify what type of oak you are looking at. The branching structures will match the song.
Know, know know your oaks,
Look at how they grow
Red oak, White oak, Pin oak, Bur oak
Red Oak (make a ‘V’ with your arms above your head)
White Oak (hold your arms straight out from your shoulders)
Pin Oak (make an upside down “V” with your arms pointing toward the ground)
Bur Oak (make your arms twist in different directions)
And the acorns down below! (wiggle your fingers and point to the ground)
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