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Why Do Leaves Change Color? - Environmental Education for Kids

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4 to 8
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Learn the science behind the changing color of fall leaves in kid-friendly terms at this simple, yet informative website. Get answers to the title question and more through a series...more
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Learn the science behind the changing color of fall leaves in kid-friendly terms at this simple, yet informative website. Get answers to the title question and more through a series of questions this site answers including How do leaves change color? and Do leaves change because of weather?

tag(s): fall (12), trees (28), weather (201)

In the Classroom

Include this site on classroom computers and your class website for students to explore on their own. Use an online flashcard maker, like Flashcard Stash, reviewed here, to practice science vocabulary terms related to changing leaf colors. Have students take pictures each day of leaves near your classroom or their homes. Challenge students to create online collages with these images using a site such as Kizoa, reviewed here.

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Why Do Leaves Change Color - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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5 to 8
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Why Do Leaves Change Color is a "plain vanilla" site all about leaves! This site offers simple explanations to four questions: Where do leaf colors come from? How do leaves ...more
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Why Do Leaves Change Color is a "plain vanilla" site all about leaves! This site offers simple explanations to four questions: Where do leaf colors come from? How do leaves change color? Do leaves change color because of weather? And Why do leaves fall? There is also a link to the Fall Color Report (from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism).

tag(s): photosynthesis (33), seasons (35), trees (28)

In the Classroom

Use this site as one of multiple sources for researching fall changes. Show students how to take Cornell (two-column) notes and summarize using this information. Use a tool such as 43 Folders Cornell Notes, reviewed here, to help explain Cornell Notes to students. Pair weak readers with strong readers for this activity. Make a graph using Chartle, reviewed here, comparing different types of trees and their rate of change. Find a buddy class in your county, state, or across the country and compare the changes occurring in your areas.

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The Science Behind Fall Colors - Explore Asheville

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3 to 12
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Take a look at the science behind changing leaf colors with this interesting site from Explore Asheville. View a time lapse video of changing colors, learn about the early Greek's ...more
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Take a look at the science behind changing leaf colors with this interesting site from Explore Asheville. View a time lapse video of changing colors, learn about the early Greek's theories on why colors change, and find out about changing colors around the world. Information is presented in videos, Google Earth files, and slides. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): plants (175), seasons (35), trees (28)

In the Classroom

Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to compare changing leaf colors in North Carolina with those in your area. Challenge students to create online, interactive posters, infographics, or presentations using a tool like Genial.ly, reviewed here. Set up a Twitter exchange with another classroom around the country to compare changing leaf colors in your communities. Looking for more ways to use Twitter in the classroom? Read more about Twitter at TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page. Find fall+leaves&grade_low=0&grade_high=12&searchtype=all&searchtype=all">additional fall color sites on TeachersFirst to explore other locations.
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Fall Science Lesson: Why Do Leaves Change Colors? - Melissa Matters

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4 to 7
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Explore making a hypothesis and investigation methods with this fun fall lesson plan. The site includes step-by-step procedures for investigating why leaves change color along with...more
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Explore making a hypothesis and investigation methods with this fun fall lesson plan. The site includes step-by-step procedures for investigating why leaves change color along with links to suggested books to use with the lesson, PowerPoints, and student worksheets. Be sure to check out the links on the right side of the page to other resources with more information explaining leaf color change.
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tag(s): scientific method (67), trees (28)

In the Classroom

Use this lesson plan in your classroom to explore local leaves changing color in your area. Create a bulletin board showing student investigations and results. Extend this activity for students to explore and label different types of leaves and the trees they came from. Meet another class online in a different part of the country (or world) and compare results from this investigation. Use a site such as Skype (reviewed here).

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Why Leaves Change Color - US Forest Service

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4 to 6
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The annual transformation of summer foliage to vivid autumn colors in explained in this simple, informative site. Natural pigments and weather conditions affecting leaf color are described...more
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The annual transformation of summer foliage to vivid autumn colors in explained in this simple, informative site. Natural pigments and weather conditions affecting leaf color are described in easy-to-understand text. Before sending your students to the sight, you may want pull out and introduce some related vocabulary words.

tag(s): fall (12), trees (28)

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Mrs. Cassidy's Web Page - Fall and Thanksgiving - Mrs. Cassidy

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K to 3
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This seasonal website was created by a teacher. It offers many enrichment activities all about Fall and Thanksgiving. Some examples of activities include: "Catch the Falling Leaves,"...more
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This seasonal website was created by a teacher. It offers many enrichment activities all about Fall and Thanksgiving. Some examples of activities include: "Catch the Falling Leaves," "Fun in the Garden," and "Find the Differences." Educational topics include numbers, counting, problem solving, logic, and art. Many of these activities require JAVA and/or FLASH. Get them from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): fall (12), holidays (140), thanksgiving (34)

In the Classroom

Your class will "eat up" these free resources all related to Fall and Thanksgiving. All of these activities are ready for your interactive whiteboard (or projector).

Provide this link in your fall newsletter as free (educational) activities for students to use during the fall break.
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Catch the leaves! - Up To Ten

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1 to 2
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This interactive "just-for-fun" site challenges kids to make choices while developing tech-related motor skills. Using left and right arrow keys, students must move the basket-wielding...more
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This interactive "just-for-fun" site challenges kids to make choices while developing tech-related motor skills. Using left and right arrow keys, students must move the basket-wielding elf forward and backward as he attempts to catch falling leaves and acorns. Different leaves carry different point values, so choose wisely, but stay away from the falling chestnuts. This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): holidays (140)

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Leaves Change Color - Education World

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2 to 6
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Discover the science behind the changing autumn leaves with this Internet scavenger hunt. Students can practice simple Web research skills while gaining an understanding of the factors...more
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Discover the science behind the changing autumn leaves with this Internet scavenger hunt. Students can practice simple Web research skills while gaining an understanding of the factors that contribute to the beautiful show of colors each fall.

tag(s): fall (12)

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Autumn Leaf Scrapbook - Missouri Botanical Garden

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4 to 6
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If leaf collections are part of your science curriculum, check out this beautifully organized site that takes a look at deciduous trees and how to identify them by the color ...more
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If leaf collections are part of your science curriculum, check out this beautifully organized site that takes a look at deciduous trees and how to identify them by the color and shape of their leaves. Links to virtual leaf identification guides are also provided.

tag(s): fall (12)

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