Math Lesson
for Leaf Day
Objective:
The students will sort, graph, and
pattern leaves.

Materials

Leaves,
which the students have brought in from home.

Butcher
Paper

Long
strips of paper (about 12" long  sentence strips
work well.)

Procedure

Gather
the students together, with their leaves, in an open
area where piles can be made. Ask the students
how they could sort their leaves as a whole
class. Wait for responses, such as color, size,
shape, etc.

Working
together as a class, have the students physically sort
their leaves by the different attributes which have
been decided upon.

Transfer
one of these sorting activities to a graph made on
butcher paper. Draw a graph with the correct
number of columns which match the attributes.
For example, if the class has sorted their leaves by
color and there are red, green, and yellow leaves,
make a three column graph. Give each student pieces of paper or
postit notes to write their name
on and place in the proper column of the graph.
Follow up with questions for interpreting the
graph. For example, "How many more yellow
leaves than red leaves are there?", etc.

Then
have the students create patterns with their
leaves. Work together as a whole class to create
patterns based on color, size, shape, etc. Allow
the students to get creative. For example, they
may create a pattern of which way the stems point or
whether the leaf is placed on its front or back.
Older students may get into more complex
patterns. As an extension, have the students
break into groups and create a pattern, which the rest
of the class needs to decipher.

Other
Lesson Ideas

Have
the students measure their leaves. They may then
draw comparisons between their leaf and other objects
in the room. For example, "My leaf is 2
inches longer than my pencil."

Make
a graph of the students' favorite leaf color.

Make
a graph of the students' favorite activity with Fall
leaves (raking, jumping, collecting, etc.)

Have
the students blow leaves by using a straw. They
should then measure the distance of how far they have
blown their leaves.

