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Signs of Fall

Elementary

Description

Students participate in a guided walk through the schoolyard, their neighbourhood or any area where there are trees and signs of fall are evident.  Prior to the outing, students learn about some of the differences between evergreen and deciduous trees.   During the walk they are asked to:

  • identify examples of deciduous and evergreen trees
  • collect a variety of leaves
  • note any signs of fall

Upon returning to the classroom, students create leaf rubbings with the specimens collected and learn why leaves change colour in the fall.

General Assessment

Strengths

The activity is easy to implement and provides an enjoyable and meaningful opportunity to take students outdoors.

Recommendation of how and where to use it

The resource will be of interest to primary teachers. It is a good fit for the 'daily and seasonal changes' unit in Grade 1 Science.

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Themes Addressed

  • Ecosystems (2)

    • Appreciating the Natural World
    • Biodiversity