Lesson Plan:

Leaf Art Animals

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July 22, 2015
by Jen Kessel

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to manipulate leaves into different animals to create a picture. They will then write a story about their animal using details.


Introduction (4 minutes)

  • Show the class a pile of leaves you've collected previously.
  • Tell them that are going to use the leaves to create unique animals. Define unique as meaning all of the animals are different.
  • Explain to the class that when they are done creating their animals they will write a story about them as though they were alive.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (6 minutes)

  • Show the class a few examples of leaf animals and come up with backstories for them as a class.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (18 minutes)

  • Students may work with partners while creating animals to share ideas with one another if desired.
  • Have students choose a few leaves and hand out paper and glue.
  • Tell students to lay out the design before gluing. Once they have an animal, they may glue it down and draw its environment in the background using crayons.

Independent Working Time (17 minutes)

  • Once their animal is ready, students can pick up the writing paper and start their stories.
  • Ask them to share details about the animal they created.



  • Enrichment: Ask students to show detail in both their writing pieces and pictures. Advanced students could do some research on their animal to incorporate it into their story.
  • Support: For students who may need support, ask them to create an animal they are familiar with, as it will make it easier to write a story about the animal.

Technology Integration

Related Books and/or Media

  • BOOK: Look What I Did With a Leaf! by Morteza E. Sohi


Assessment (1 minutes)

  • Teacher observation, class participation, animal leaf picture, and writing piece can all be used for assessment.

Review and Closing (9 minutes)

  • Have the students present their animal with their story in front of the class, small groups, or in partners.

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