Celebrate pumpkins, fall foliage, and the harvest with music, science, and art lesson plans!
- Develop science, math, and observational skills
- Learn about different types of leaves
- Chart paper
- Markers or crayons
- Fall Leaves Fall!
- Variety of leaves (or use leaves students bring in)
- Optional: Photocopier
- On a sheet of chart paper, write the following question: How do we know when fall is coming?
- On another sheet of chart paper, paste photocopies or drawings of the six different types of leaves depicted in Fall Leaves Fall!: ginkgo, maple, sassafras, beech, and two types of oak leaves. Write the name of each leaf below the picture.
- Write a note for students to bring home to their families requesting that students collect different types of leaves found near their home and bring them into the classroom.
Part I: Fall Leaves Fall!
Step 1: Read the first page of the book aloud to the class.
Step 2: Show students the question on the chart paper. Ask students to respond to the question "How do we know when fall is coming?" Record their comments on the chart paper.
Step 3: Read the rest of Fall Leaves Fall!
Step 4: Return to students' answers to the introductory question and compare their answers to the information presented in the book.
Part II: Learning About the Leaves All Around Us
Step 1: Show students your display of the different types of leaves from Fall Leaves Fall! Review the types of leaves with students.
Step 2: Ask students to predict which types of leaves they will find in their community. Which leaves will be the most common? Which will be the least? Record students' predictions.
Step 3: Explain to students that you will send a note home to their families requesting that they collect different types of leaves found near their home. Set a date for students to bring their leaves to school.
Step 4: On the day the leaves are due, invite the class to bring their leaf collections to the meeting area. Ask them to individually sort their leaves into like piles.
Step 5: Review the display of the different types of leaves and the chart with students' leaf predictions. Invite the students to compare their leaves with the leaves from the book. Were they able to find the same leaves that were depicted in the book? Were there any leaves that they were not able to find? Were there other types of leaves that they found that were not depicted in the book?
Step 6: Encourage students to compare their findings with their predictions. Create another language experience chart to summarize their experience.
Part III: A Fall Leaves Collage
Step 1: Show students the two pages in the book Fall Leaves Fall! that depict the brothers holding collages. Ask students to describe what they notice about each collage.
Step 2: Explain to the class that they will use leaves and drawing materials to create their own collages. Provide students with the suggested art materials at their desks or craft centers.
Step 3: When students are finished with their collages, ask each student to write or dictate descriptions about his or her collage.
Step 4: Invite students to share their finished work during group time. Encourage students to compare the different ways they used the leaves and art materials.
Optional: Keep the art materials accessible so that students can continue to incorporate leaves into their art experiences.