Teach about Fall

Fall

Objective: Teach children about fall (autumn) and how it is different from other seasons.

Preparation:

  • Find drawings or pictures of fall activities, fall foliage, and fall food from books, magazines, or old calendars
  • Print out this PDF of the Tree book.    tree book    Cut into fourths and staple together along the side to make a four page book.
  • Have crayons, markers or colored pencils.
  • Decide on a book to read. Suggested books: 
    • Clifford’s First Autumn (Clifford the Small Red Puppy) by Norman Bridwell, 
    • When Autumn Comes by Robert Maass, 
    • Fall by Chris L. Demarest, 
    • Autumn Story by Jill Barklem

Lesson:

Read the book(s) then discuss the changing colors and cooling temperatures of fall while showing pictures.

Explain that some people call autumn, “fall,” which refers to the leaves falling off the trees during this season.

Show the pictures and discuss.

Discussion Questions

  • When does this season occur? The first day of autumn (fall) is celebrated on the fall equinox – a time when both night and day are equal. September 22 or 23rd is the first day of autumn.
  • What happens to the leaves on the trees?  The leaves change color.
  • Why do leaves changes colors in the fall? During winter, there is not enough light or water for photosynthesis.  The trees will rest, and live off the food they stored during the summer.  In the fall they begin to shut down their food-making factories.  The green chlorophyll disappears from the leaves.  As the bright green fades away, we begin to see yellow, red and orange colors.
  • What is the weather like?  The weather gets cooler.
  • What kind of things do we do in the fall? Explain that many animals, such as squirrels, are busy during the fall collecting food to survive the winter months ahead.  People harvest food and prepare it for winter, go back to school, watch and play football, etc.
  • What kind of foods do we eat in the fall?  Apples, pumpkins, potatoes and other vegetables and fruits.
  • What holidays take place in the fall? Thanksgiving, Halloween

Activity:  Tree Book

  • Have the children color the tree on each page to each season.
  • Winterjust color the trunk and branches with no leaves.  (Talk about why this is called a bare tree.)
  • Spring—color the trunk and draw in some green leaves and pink blossoms.
  • Summer—color the trunk and draw in green leaves.
  • Fall—color the trunk and draw in red, yellow and orange leaves on and under the tree.

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