First The Photo: The location of this photo could be almost anywhere that has 4 seasons to enjoy. So instead of locating it on a map, can you determine what type of tree this leaf came from?
Second The Questions: Autumn is a time for changes: changing leaves, changing temperatures, changing coats on animals (and people too) and changing amounts of light each day. Many people enjoy the changes and embrace the beauty of fall. As you contemplate the changes outside, think of yourself, if you could change one thing about yourself what would it be? Would you change your eye color, your shoe size, where you live or the length of your hair? Would you live somewhere without seasons or do you like the changing world around you?
Third Next Steps: Go for a scavenger hunt outside and try to find as many different shapes of leaves as possible. Collect on of each leaf and bring them home to make texture rubbings. To do this all you needs is: paper, chalk or crayons(these work best if you take the paper label off them so you can lay them horizontally while you rub them, and finally you need leaves. Lay the leaf on the table first, try to make it lay flat. Place the paper loosely over the top and then using the chalk or color crayon begin to gently color over the leaf. Soon you will begin to see the shape of the leaf and then you will notice the texture of the leaf as well. Texture rubbings are fun to do and can be done with all sorts of items from the natural world like shells, evergreen needles, flower pedals etc. Explore the many textures of fall!
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