Autumn Nature Study 18
Autumn Theme 1:
Take children on a nature hike. Before you go, everyone in the
group can make binoculars (see Art activity, page 23) to use on
the hike. Allow the children to view leaves through the binocu-
lars. Ask open-ended questions throughout your walk. Questions
such as “What do the leaves look like?” will help children to exam-
ine autumn’s characteristics more
closely. Point out characteristics and
ask other questions, such as these:
What colors do you see in the
Why are the leaves turning colors?
What do the leaves sound like in
What do they look like when they
Do they make sounds when they
fall? What sounds?
What else do you notice?
Role Play Outside
While outdoors, explain to the children that they get to be leaves.
Ask them to move and dance like falling leaves. Join in the fun as
you, the teacher, become the autumn wind. Children should use
“I” terms when actually pretending to be the leaves—for example,
“I am a red leaf” or “I am falling off a tree.” Begin by asking, “What
do you look like?” The potential questions are endless. Be sure
to once again ask open-ended questions. This helps children to
develop higher-level thinking skills. Here are some fine examples
of open-ended questions:
Easily created binoculars help children feel like great explorers of the
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