for Leaf Day
The students will observe
different types of leaves and complete Leaf Fact Books.
variety of leaves (The ones brought in by the students
as well as a collection of the teachers' may be
used. Different sizes, shapes, colors, fresh and
dead leaves, in addition to compound and simple leaves
should be represented.)
Shape Books (Create your own or use the following link
Books.) Have one book per student with five
pages per book.
to the following sites: Science
Made Simple, KidZone,
Great Plant Escape.
Books about leaves. Use the literature
suggestions on the Leaf
Paper or Blackboard
the students what they know about leaves. Record
their answers on the chalkboard or on chart
paper. Ask them what they would like to learn
about leaves and record these responses as well.
the chosen nonfiction books and view the related web
sites with the students. Find answers to the
questions of what they would like to learn about
out different examples of leaves and allow the
students time to make observations about them.
They may use the magnifying glasses to study the
leaves up close. Discuss as a whole class
similarities and differences among the leaves.
Relate information from the books and web sites to the
leaves in the classroom.
out the Leaf Shape Books and have the students write
the words "Leaf Facts" on the front cover.
Depending on the age of the students, either work as a
whole class or individually to write one fact on each
of the four pages. The students may then
illustrate their fact books with drawings of the
primarily on why leaves change color. Use the
following web sites - Science
Made Simple and MaineFoliage.Com.
on the life cycle of a leaf. Share information
from books and web sites. Have the students draw
in proper sequence the life cycle of a leaf, from a
bud to a dead leaf on the ground.
the school grounds are appropriate for leaf collecting,
have the students collect examples of compound and
and contrast a fresh leaf with a dead leaf (brown and
dry.) Why are they different?