Celebrate pumpkins, fall foliage, and the harvest with music, science, and art lesson plans!
Engage students in a discussion about the different types of trees in your community. Are there any sugar maple trees? Describe your favorite tree to the class, and then ask students to think about their favorite tree. It could be a tree they have actually come in contact with or a tree they wish they had. Provide students with paper and drawing materials and ask them to draw a picture of their favorite tree. Invite them to write or dictate stories about their drawing.
Take students on a walk to collect different types of leaves. When you return, have them work in small groups to sort the leaves. Encourage students to develop their own characteristics for sorting. Provide each group with a large sheet of paper divided into a grid pattern. Ask students to glue their leaf groupings vertically onto the chart paper. Offer assistance if needed. When the students have finished, invite them to share their reasons for choosing their leaf groupings.
Talk about the importance of trees in our environment. Trees help us to have fresh air, provide us with food and important products, and provide shelter and food to many animals, birds, and insects. Identify one or two nearby trees for the students to "adopt" and care for. Ask the class to give the tree a name and think of ways they can help to care for it. Develop a consistent schedule to visit and care for their tree.
Make a salad with the class using parts of a plant that can be eaten. Ask students to think of the different parts of a plant (leaves, stems, roots, seeds, and flowers). What parts of plants can we eat? Record the students' answers. Explain to them that they will make a salad using parts of plants that we can eat:
- flowers (broccoli)
- stem (celery)
- roots (carrots)
- leaves (lettuce)
- fruit (tomato)
- seeds (sunflower seeds)
- legumes (garbanzo beans)
Invite everyone to help prepare the salad. Enjoy this tasty learning experience.