Autumn Nature Study 22
• Provide nonfiction autumn books that depict the actual season
and its attributes. Fiction that plays with the season will pique
their interests as well. Some books you can feature include Red
Leaf, Yellow Leaf and Leaf Man, both by Lois Ehlert.
• Include autumn-colored chunk crayons you buy or make from
old crayons by melting old autumn-colored crayon bits in a muf-
fin tin at 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to include leaves and
paper with the crayons in the writing center. Then children can
set a leaf under a blank piece of paper and rub the crayon on
top to transfer the leaf’s impression onto the paper.
• Provide sentence strips that include the word leaves and an
autumn color. Including pictures to encourage emergent read-
ing skills is helpful. Children can view and copy these strips.
Allow the children to write and create at this literacy station.
Example sentence strips can include sentences like these:
Leaves turn brown and fall from trees.
Leaves turn yellow and fall from trees.
Leaves turn orange and fall from trees.
Leaves turn red and fall from trees.
On the sentence strips, high-
light the color words red, yellow,
orange, and brown, using cor-
responding colored markers
or pens to encourage the chil-
dren’s early word recognition.
The words leaves and trees can be
copied in green. These literacy
gestures help with word recog-
nition and one-to-one reading
Children aged three, four, and five can practice becoming strong writers.
Include predictable sentence strips for the children to dictate from, which
will strengthen their early writing abilities at the foundation of learning.
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