Why Do Leaves Change Colors in the Fall?

Trees' leaves change all year round. The cycle is continuous from green to red to orange to brown until dead. Watch a video that explains this cycle and the science behind a tree's need to shed its leaves.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Poll the class and see what's the favorite color of leaves, and then graph the results in a class display
  • Use in a flipped classroom assignment and have viewers watch the link at home before the next class
  • Research the types of trees that do and do not change colors in the fall
  • Review the four seasons before showing
Classroom Considerations

  • It is best that viewers have background knowledge of photosynthesis and the changing of seasons
  • Video is the 19th resource in a series of 26
Pros

  • Visuals provide support for the explanation of the topic
  • Speaker is enthusiastic
Cons

  • None
Common Core