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Leaf Hunt

Don't you love when the leaves turn reddish orange and fall off the trees? This lesson provides a great way to clean up some of those leaves all while helping your students learn to classify different types of leaves.
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Students will be able to identify and label different types of leaves.

(5 minutes)
  • Tell students that they are going to be identifying and labeling different types of leaves.
  • Let the students know that they will be going on a leaf scavenger hunt.
  • Ask the students if the can come up with some different types of leaves.
(15 minutes)
  • Distribute and go over the Types of Leaves worksheet.
  • Tell your students that as we go on our scavenger hunt, we are going to be collecting leaves and putting them into our bags.
  • You may want them to bring out a pencil so they can mark off leaves as they find them.
  • They will only need one leaf of each. Note: Rather than trying to find every type of leaf, they will only be trying to find as many as they can in 30 minutes.
(30 minutes)
  • Have students go outside with their worksheet, pencil, and bag.
  • Let students collect leaves.
(20 minutes)
  • Once students are back in the classroom, have them take out all their leaves.
  • Next, have them glue down the leaves to a poster board.
  • Finally, have them label all of their leaves.
  • Enrichment: Have advanced students complete the Why do Leaves Change Color worksheet.
  • Support: Help struggling students by guiding them and checking on their progress as they work.
(5 minutes)
  • Have them each list at least six types of leaves on a sheet of paper.
  • Collect and review their sheets to assess their understanding of the lesson content.
(10 minutes)
  • Have students come back together as a whole group.
  • Have them compare and contrast leaves.

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