BrainPOP.com, an award-winning site, offers original animated movies that answer kids' questions about health, science, and technology. The site provides an interactive quiz while movies load. To visit the site and watch their two minute Autumn Leaves movie, click here. To visit the site and watch their two minute Photosynthesis movie, click here. Note: This is a subscription site, but selected movies are available without a subscription.
The Variations on a Leaf Puppet Show is one of dozens of puppet shows you will find in Hands-On Nature: Information and Activities for Exploring the Environment with Children by The Vermont Institute of Natural Science. Assign a small group of students to create props and conduct this puppet show for the class. Click on the icon above to download this puppet show.
This Yahoo! search references several sites that explore fall foliage. Click on the icon above to link to search results.
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Science Made Simple offers a explanation of why leaves change colors in the fall. Click on the icon above.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources provides the Fall Foliage Report. This site includes an explanation of why leaves change color, a calendar of fall events, photos of the changing leaves from around Ohio, a regularly updated color report from individual Ohio state parks, best fall color driving routes, and much more. Click on the icon above.
Why Do Leaves Change Color? by Betsy Maestro is an excellent read aloud book to summarize tree adaptations in the fall. This book is currently out of print, but is available at many public libraries. ISBN 0-06-445126-7
The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages by Leo Buscaglia is a picture book about a leaf, Freddie, who along with his companion leaves experiences the changing seasons. As a result, Freddie learns the delicate balance between life and death. ISBN 0-8050-1064-5
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert takes you on a journey with Leaf Man as he travels throughout the countryside. Students are challenged to use their observation skills to pick out images along the way (ducks, geese, pumpkins, etc.) that are creatively portrayed using natural leaf arrangements. A wonderful read-aloud to set the stage for outdoor observation in the fall with primary classrooms. Note: Notice the author's note in the back of the book. ISBN 0-15-205304-2
It's Fall by Linda Glaser uses simple text and bold, beautiful paper sculpture to convey the animal life, plant life, weather, and clothing, as well as the colors and feelings, associated with the fall season. A wonderful read-aloud for primary teachers. ISBN 0-7613-1342-7
Autumn Leaves by Ken Robbins uses photographs and simple text to convey the different colors, shapes, and textures of leaves in fall. An excellent read-aloud or student shelf book for the primary classroom. ISBN 0-590-29879-8
Fall Is Not Easy by Marty Kelley uses color drawings, simple text, and humor to convey the changes that take place for a tree throughout the year. A fun read-aloud or student shelf book for the primary classroom. ISBN 1-559-33234-4
Autumn: An Alphabet Acrostic by Steven Schnur uses acrostic poetry and colorful drawings to illustrate the many changes that take place in the fall. A fun read aloud or student shelf book for the primary classroom. ISBN 0-395-77043-2
Hands-On Nature: Information and Activities for Exploring the Environment with Children by The Vermont Institute of Natural Science is a wonderful teacher resource which contains hundreds of activities including outdoor investigations, puppet shows, and more. It is a great life science resource for the elementary classroom. Copies can be ordered at 1-800-421-1561. ISBN 1-58465-078-8
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