The leaves are changing, the air is growing crisp. Our flip flops, shorts and swimsuits have been packed away…Fall is here! As difficult as it may be to say goodbye to summer, fall is a beautiful season, and it is HERE!
First grade took advantage of the first few days of this season to head out into nature and notice the beauty around us. We began by reading an article in our Scholastic News magazine about animals that use leaves to survive. Some animals hide in the leaves in order to stay hidden from enemies, while some search through the leaves to find bugs to eat. After learning about these critters that enjoy the leaves, we decided to enjoy them, too. We went out on a fall nature hunt. We first noticed a fall tree and sketched it in our book.
Afterwards, we found leaves that had fallen off trees already and sketched some of the details we noticed in the leaves. Some students also compared the leaves that they had found to some from their classmates. Each leaf seems unique.
After that outdoor excitement, we headed inside and did a leaf rubbing activity. This really allowed us to show off our creativity and to take some time to notice the characteristics of the leaves we selected.