Leaf Science

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.



  • Kristen April 11, 2018 at 11:10 am Reply

    Leaf Kitchen
    Leaves are the plant’s/tree’s kitchen, making food for the plant. You can really play this up, using a play kitchen from your classroom and a $1 store chef hat. Have 2 containers of water, one dyed blue to represent rain/water, the other dyed yellow to represent sunlight. In one (or both), mix in sugar. Have a 3rd empty container, a large, clear (needs to be clear for the best effect) mixing container, and a mixing spoon. “Cook” tree food (sugar) by mixing 1) the student’s breath (carbon dioxide; ‘collect’ this by having them breathe into the 3rd empty jar), 2) the blue ‘water’, and 3) yellow ‘sunlight’. Do it in that order and they will flip out when the ‘food’ turns green! Use an eyedropper/q-tips/popsicle sticks to let them taste the food that was made.

    • daym April 11, 2018 at 1:19 pm Reply

      Thank you for the great idea, Kristen!


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