Leaves: give each of your students a paper bag, and take them on a leaf walk.
When you return to class allow the children to each dump their bags and examine and explore their leaves. We have a classroom set of magnifying glasses which we allow the children to closely examine their leaves. Later the children are given the choice to draw, crayon rub, or leaf print in the art center. All the materials are available for the rest of the week.
My Assistant put up a tree that she found in mailbox issue June/July issue. She is going to remove one green leaf each day from the tree and replace it with an orange or red and brown leaf, to see if the children will notice that the tree is changing just like the ones outside.
Language Experience Charts
Throughout the time we’re working with our Autumn leaves, we make various types of lists and charts for authentic shared writing experiences. We compare and contrast the size, shape, color, and texture of various leaves, and we write a Predictable Chart from the following pattern:
Paul’s leaf is _______. Jazzmera’s leaf is _______.
This is a great way to introduce attributes. Each child chooses a leaf, and we write about the color of the leaves. When we finish writing our Predictable Chart, we make a class book with the illustrations made from leaf rubbings done in the color of the leaf. This is a very popular book that I keep on our Science Table while we continue exploring leaves.
You can expand this activity into multiple attributes, by using the following sentence frame:
Gavin’s leaf is big and yellow.
Alejandra’s leaf is orange and smooth.