Grade Level: Preschool-2nd Type: Life Science, Plant Biology
In this project children make leaf rubbings, recording and observing shapes, structures, and patterns in leaves from different plants, then sort the rubbings accordingly.
- What shapes do you see?
- What parts do you see?
- How are leaves the same?
- How are leaves different?
- [Some useful vocabulary: petiole (stalk), veins, simple leaf, compound leaf.]
- Leaves from different plants
- Plain white typing paper (do not use construction paper; it is too heavy)
- A few sheets of newspaper
- Collect leaves from several different plants.
- Lay a few layers of newspaper on a table or other smooth, flat surface. Lay one or more leaves on the newspaper, textured side up, and cover the leaves with the typing paper.
- Remove the paper from the outside of the crayon, and, using the flat edge of the crayon, rub gently but firmly across the leaves. (This step is easier with a short piece of crayon.) On the paper should be appearing images - rubbings - of the leaves.
- Cut carefully around each leaf rubbing so that you can sort and group the individual leaves.
- Carefully observe the rubbings and think about the research questions above.
- Group and re-group the leaves in as many ways as you can think of: size, shape, texture, similar parts, etc.
Terms/Concepts: rubbing, petiole, vein, simple leaf, compound leaf
Turn your rubbings into a collection of Gift Cards!