This unit provides students with a creative hands-ons approach to learn how the different seasons affect the earth and its inhabitants.
- Identify pictures of fall and spring
- Compare and contrast fall and spring
- Engage in a color science experiment
- Identify the different characteristics of a flower
- Participate in independent writing
- Chart paper and markers
- 10 sheets of 18- by 11-inch construction paper, any color
- 18- by 11-inch sheets of white construction paper, one per student
- Optional: Leaf stencil
- At least one picture book about fall (for example, Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell)
- At least one picture book about spring (for example, It's Spring! by Pamela Chanko and Samantha Berger or Spring by Maria Rius)
- Magazines (Add to your parent wish list. Specify that you want magazines about food, clothing, animals, and plants.)
- Paper plates
- Red and yellow tempera paint
- The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
- Paint smocks, one per student
- Strips of writing paper, two per student
- 10- by 10-inch pieces of white construction paper, one per student
- Watercolor paints
- Water and cups for painting
- 18- by 11-inch sheets of colored construction paper, one per student
- Draw a Venn diagram with the words "Fall" and "Spring" on a piece of chart paper. Set this aside for a class discussion.
- Set aside four pieces of the construction paper, then cut out one letter of the word "fall" from each piece. For example, trace a large "F" on one of the pieces of paper and cut it out. Next, cut out an "A" from another piece of paper, etc.
- Repeat the above step for "spring," using the remaining six pieces of construction paper.
- Draw or trace a large leaf on a piece of white construction paper for each student.
Step 1: Read a picture book about fall aloud to the class.
Step 2: Discuss the different characteristics of fall.
Step 3: Have the students go to their seats and cut out pictures from the magazines that correlate with fall. Have the students place their fall pictures on a paper plate set in the middle of the table. They will need enough pictures to fill the four pieces of construction paper that spell out "fall."
Step 4: After students have accumulated a substantial pile of pictures, have them glue the pictures in collage form to the "fall" construction paper pieces.
Step 5: Display the collage in the middle of a bulletin board.
Example of collage letters for bulletin board display
Step 1: Read a picture book about spring aloud to the class.
Step 2: Use the Venn diagram on the chart paper to compare and contrast fall and spring.
Step 3: Have the students go to their seats and cut out pictures from the magazines that correlate with spring. Then repeat the rest of the steps from Day 1, this time with spring and the "spring" letters.
Step 1: Sing this poem to the tune of "She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain":
Oh, the leaves turn red and yellow in the fall.
Oh, the leaves turn red and yellow in fall.
Oh the leaves turn red and yellow,
The leaves turn red and yellow,
Oh the leaves turn red and yellow in the fall. Yee-Haw!
Step 2: Squirt a little red and yellow paint on a paper plate. Let the students guess what color will result when the two colors are mixed. Mix the two colors.
Step 3: Have the students go back to their seats. Hand out the sheets of construction paper with leaves traced on them.
Step 4: In small groups, have students squirt a little bit of red and orange tempera paint on the leaves. Let students use their fingers (it's best to have them use one hand only) to mix the two colors. Have them cover the whole leaf with paint. Set the pieces of paper aside to dry.
Step 5: Have the students write this sentence independently on strips of writing paper: "In the fall, leaves change colors."
Step 6: When the artwork is dry, have students cut out the traced leaves. Then have them glue their writing strips to their leaves.
Step 2: Hand out the pieces of 10- by 10-inch white construction paper. In small groups, have the students go back to the tables and put on paint smocks.
Step 3: Have each student pick any color watercolor paint to make a medium sized dot in the middle of their paper, forming the center of a flower.
Step 4: Have students use another color to paint the outline of the petals.
Step 5: Have students use another color to paint the inside of the petals.
Step 6: Have students use another color to paint the stem of the flower. Set the finished pieces aside to dry.
Step 7: Have the students write this sentence independently on strips of writing paper: "In the spring, flowers blossom."
Step 8: When the artwork is dry, have students choose a piece of colored construction paper and glue their flower painting to the larger paper. Add the students' writing samples underneath the flowers paintings.
- Could the students respond to the Venn diagram?
- Could the students follow one- and two-step directions?
- Could the students stay on task?
- Could the students name one thing that is the same and one thing that is different about fall and spring?
- Could the students verbalize what color red and yellow make?
- Could the students identify the parts of a flower?
- Could the students write phonetically?
- Could the students write conventionally?