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Count Down to Fall

Elementary

Description

The simple rhymes of this delightful book use fall leaves to teach children how to count backwards from ten to one.  Each colourful illustration includes pictures of the tree being described and features a wildlife species that depends on forest habitat.  Additional sections on plant science and leaf identification help enrich the learning of young readers as they gain new insight into the vital role of trees in our environment.

A teacher's guide to accompany this book can be downloaded for free.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

This book offers a crosscurricular theme and is supported by a free online teacher's guide that has some great Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies activities that are suitable for K-3 students.

The book also provides an interesting introduction to science units that explore plant structures and growth.  A year-long project could have students observe a nearby tree through the seasons by measuring leaf growth, colour and seed production.

This story might also be the basis of a class stewardship project in which students create a natural shaded area in the schoolyard with trees and shrubs.  The project could include letter writing to local nurseries to secure trees, working with older peer mentors to plant trees and promoting the value of forested areas in their community.

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Themes Addressed

  • Ecosystems (2)

    • Appreciating the Natural World
    • Biodiversity
  • Land Use & Natural Resources (1)

    • Forests