for Leaf Day
The students will categorize words
into nouns and verbs.
large pieces of butcher paper, with a tree trunk and
branches drawn on each.
paper leaf shapes with words written on them.
Use the Leaf
Word List for suggestions. (Have at least one leaf
per student and write one word on each leaf.
These will be taped onto the tree
basket in which to place the leaves.
Tree or Verb Tree? Worksheet
(Steps #1 and #2 should be done in
advance of implementing the lesson with the students.)
the trees ahead of time by drawing a tree trunk and
branches on each piece of butcher paper. Mount
the trees somewhere in the classroom. Label one
tree the "Noun Tree" and the other tree the
"Verb Tree". Definitions of noun and
verb may also be written on the butcher paper.
The "Noun Tree" may include the definition
"people, place or thing" and the "Verb
Tree" may state "action words".
the leaves by cutting out leaf shapes, one per
student, from construction paper. Write one word
on each leaf. Use the Leaf
Word List for suggestions. Place the leaves
in a basket or some other container.
Have a discussion
with the students on nouns
and verbs. Explain that nouns are people, places
and things and verbs are action words. Give
examples of each. (With older students more
categories could be used for adjectives and
the students pick a leaf out of the basket or
container. The students should read the word (if
possible) and then decide whether it should be placed
on the "Noun Tree" or the "Verb
Tree". Using tape, the students may tape
the leaf on to the appropriate tree.
an extension, the students may write their own words
on leaves and place them on the proper tree.
reinforcement, the students may write lists of Nouns
and Verbs on the Noun
Tree or Verb Tree Worksheet.
an extension for the above activity, have the students
write sentences using the words on their Noun and Verb
a phonics lesson on changing f to ves for plurals
(example: leaf to leaves).
the students write about what they like to do with
leaves on a Fall day.
the book Free Fall by David Wiesner. This
wordless picture book follows a little boy's dream as
he floats on a leaf. Have the students write
about their own travels on a leaf.