Gold-Leaf Bookmark

Gold-Leaf Bookmark lesson plan

Celebrate nature with a bookmark! Collect fallen leaves to create a unique way to mark a page.

  • 1.

    Have students collect at least six small, fallen leaves of the same type from their neighborhood or school yard. Identify its species. Find how that type of tree reproduces. Students report their findings to the class and show the leaves they collected.

  • 2.

    Here's how to make a bookmark with the leaves. With Crayola® Scissors, cut a piece of cardboard, recycled file folder, or posterboard into a bookmark. Be creative and make an unusual shape, perhaps a tree or one with wavy edges.

  • 3.

    Cover the art area with recycled newspaper. Swirl two colors of Crayola Tempera Paint with a paintbrush while applying it to the bookmark. Dry.

  • 4.

    Brush the underside of a leaf with gold Crayola Premier Tempera. Press the painted side down on the bookmark to make an imprint. Carefully lift it off. Repeat to form a pattern. Dry.

  • 5.

    Place Crayola School Glue on the back of one leaf. Attach it to the top of your bookmark. Dry.

  • 6.

    Punch a hole in the top of your bookmark. Tie a ribbon through the hole. Time to read!


  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • LA: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
  • LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.


  • Possible classroom resources include: Tell Me, Tree: All About Trees for Kids by Gail Gibbons; Trees, Leaves & Bark by Diane Burns & Linda Garrow; Tree For All Seasons by Robin Bernard
  • Students gather information on how trees reproduce, what deciduous trees grow in their home area, what the growth cycle is for a tree, etc. Students report on their findings to classmates.
  • Students make multiple bookmarks using a variety of leaves for decoration.