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The science of leaves, leaf parts, and why leaves change colors leaves an impression on students as they create realistic leaf impressions.
Invite students to investigate why leaves change color in temperate climates during the fall. What weather conditions are necessary? Why do colors vary, even within a single leaf? Organize a variety of text and electronic resources for students to view during this activity. When research is complete, ask students to collect safe, fallen leaves that are still pliable and bring them to class.
Discuss the identify the various leaves students bring to class. How is each identified? What research facts did they use to identify each leaf? Inform students that they will be creating leaf impressions with their contributions to the lesson.
To begin creating the leaf impressions, ask students to form a tennis-ball sized piece of Crayola® Model Magic® into a circle with the heel of their hands, or roll it with a dowel stick. Encourage students to make its consistently thick, round, and smooth (use a damp finger).
Students firmly press the back of a leaf into the modeling compound to make a deep impression. Use a craft stick or other modeling tool to add definition if necessary. With a dowel stick, poke a hole in the top of the compound so it can be hung. Dry 24 hours.
Ask students to cover their work area with recycled newspaper. Suggest they experiment with Crayola Washable Watercolors to match leaf colors on the impression. Students paint the background of their leaf impressions a contrasting color. Highlight veins with lighter or darker hues. Dry overnight.
Students measure with a ruler and cut 6 inches of yarn or ribbon with Crayola Scissors. Thread it through the hole. Knot and hang.
Students write a summary of their learning about autumn and leaf changes. Post student Leaf Impressions and writing on a classroom bulletin board.
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