Looking at Leaves

This Looking at Leaves activity & project also includes:

Discover the Colombian rainforest through a presentation that follows a young girl named Chayo. Chayo describes her daily life, exploring the rainforest filled with plants and animals. After getting to know Chayo, scholars go on a nature walk to discover the shapes and colors that make up the plants around them, collect a variety of leaves, and create a design using found materials.    

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Introduce a Venn diagram by comparing and contrasting leaves
  • Create shapes necklaces in small group rotations 
  • Take "I Spy" brain breaks to reinforce the shapes game from the lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • The lesson is the first of six from the Rainforest Alliance early childhood activities
  • To speed up the necklace process, die-cut shapes, or create a shape necklace master by tracing figures on a sheet of construction paper
  • Outlines of leaf shapes are required prior to teaching the lesson 
  • The lesson plan is written clearly and in detail 
  • The presentation uses real-world picture examples and offers interactive questions to enhance pupil engagement  
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