|Comparing our leaf to leaf from the Leafsnap app|
|Sam comparing our seed to seed pic from Leafsnap|
|Leaf and acorn from a Scarlet Oak|
We learned that leaves have a waxy coating that prevents them from soaking up water. Water rolls off the leaves, onto the ground where it can be absorbed by the soil and eventually taken in through the tree's roots. We used a baby nasal aspirator to drop water onto the leaf to see if it would "soak through" or puddle. Sure enough, it puddled! We talked about how the water travels through the tree and into the leaf's veins... then the leaf uses that water combined with air and sunlight to make food for the tree.
We made leaf rubbings to really see all the veins in a leaf.
Parts of a Leaf2 Teaching Mommies.
Sam discovered that if you fold a piece of paper in half and cut out a teardrop shape with a little stem on the end, it will look like a leaf. Just like making hearts for Valentines day, we made leaves for fall. We used our leaves to record the things we learned about leaves and trees. I cut a piece of Kraft paper into the shape of a tree and let the kids dip pieces of brown yarn in glue to make a mess of roots under it. When we reviewed, I pointed to the "roots" and asked Max which part of the tree it was and he said "the yarn." :)
Tree facts reviewed:
- The roots take in water for the tree
- A leaf's job is to make food for the tree
- The leaves use water (from their veins), air and sun to make the food for the tree
- The tree rests in the winter and doesn't need leaves to make food for it until spring
- Different trees have different leaves
- Trees produce fruit with seeds inside. The seeds can grow new trees.
- Squirrels like to eat the different fruit and seeds that trees produce.
Leaf Skip Counting by 2's
I found this activity at A to Z Teacher Stuff. I intended to have Sam do this over the course of four days, but we never got past day one. It was just one of those weeks where I felt lucky to get our core reading and math in each day-- extra activities just didn't make the cut.
Leafy Letter L
L is for leaf page.
L is for...
Max also glued some pictures of words that begin with L onto a letter Ll.
Fall Fruit Tree
The boys made their own pretzel and mixed fruit trees for a snack one day.
Just for Fun
One late afternoon, Corinne was napping and Max had also fallen asleep on the couch, so Sam and I headed outside. He raked up a big pile of leaves but didn't jump in them- he wanted to wait for his brother and sister to join him. Isn't he the sweetest little guy? :)
Well, that about sums up our leaf week. Can't wait to see what others have been up to!