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Leaf Catcher

Catch some falling leaves in this simple and beautiful project! Using rubbing techniques and construction paper, students create a piece of art that echoes their natural surroundings.

  • Grade 1
    Grade 2
    Kindergarten
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Directions

    1. Provide each student with Crayola® Construction paper (fall colors only), Crayola® Classic Crayons, and 5-6 leaves of their choosing. Leaves can be collected together as a class, at home, or supplied by the teacher.
    2. Ask students to place one leaf under a piece of construction paper. Ask the student to lightly rub a crayon over the leaf until they can see the outline of the leaf is complete on their construction paper. Encourage students to continue this process with each leaf, using a different color of construction paper for each one.
    3. Give each student a piece of construction paper and a piece of cardboard with the grooves exposed. Ask students to use a crayon in rubbing technique to fill the paper with a “net” like appearance.
    4. While the students are creating their net, cut their leaves out for them.
    5. Instruct the students to use Crayola® No-Run School Glue to glue their leaves to the “net” they’ve created.
    6. Once the student’s work is complete, ask them to go home and ask their family this question: Can you tell what types of trees the leaves came from?
  • Standards

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

    SCI: Use and share observations of local weather conditions to describe patterns over time.

    SCI: Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.

    VA: Students will initiate making works of art and design by experimenting, imagining and identifying content.

    VA: Students will initiate making works of art and design by experimenting, imagining and identifying content.

  • Adaptations

    Use white paper and Crayola® Classic Crayons in any color to create a colorful collection of rubbed leaves. This would eliminate the need for cutting and glue.

    Investigate the process of leaves and why they fall.

    Investigate the seasons that occur where students live. What are the characteristics of each season?

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