Autumn Leaves and Fall Colors

This is an excellent resource with abundant information on the way leaves change colors. The first part of the resource is all information and includes diagrams, pictures, and reading material. The second part contains three (simple) experiments that illustrate the physical properties of leaves changing color. In addition, there are other miniature in-lesson activities like "fun facts" and a word scramble. This resources will engage and intrigue students and teachers alike. I couldn't wait to try it out! There are three experiments in this resource, which are great illustrations of how to use the scientific method. In addition, the abundance of information about leaves meets several biology requirements, including life cycles of trees and how trees are able to survive all four seasons (dormancy).

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
GLE 0007.INQ.2
Ask questions, make logical predictions, plan investigations, and represent data.
GLE 0107.INQ.2
Ask questions, make logical predictions, plan investigations, and represent data.
GLE 0207.4.1
Compare the life cycles of various organisms.
GLE 0307.5.1
Explore the relationship between an organisms characteristics and its ability to survive in a particular environment.
GLE 0407.INQ.1
Explore different scientific phenomena by asking questions, making logical predictions, planning investigations, and recording data.
GLE 0507.INQ.1
Explore different scientific phenomena by asking questions, making logical predictions, planning investigations, and recording data.
 
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Lesson Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 
Understanding

Helpful Hints

Project 1 Materials:

  • Leaves
  • Small jars (baby food jars work well)
  • Covers for jars/or aluminum foil/or plastic wrap
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Paper coffee filters
  • Shallow pan
  • Hot tap water
  • Tape
  • Pen
  • Plastic knife/spoon
  • Clock/or timer

Project 2 Materials:

  • Same as Project 1

Project 3 Materials:

  • A tree with leaves that turn red in autumn
  • Aluminum foil/or heavy paper
  • Masking tape

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