gif animation Susan Monday's First Grade at W. H. Council Traditional School in Mobile, Alabama

Our home page Oct. 11, 2008 In October, the weather is finally cooling down in the evenings and early mornings. Temperature drops to the 60s. But during the day, temperatures soar to the mid to upper 80s. My classroom students are beginning to discover leaves that are changing colors. We have many pine trees in our area, so those will always stay green! To celebrate fall during the month of October, we've focused on themes for our Fun Fridays. Here's our schedule:Oct. 3- Fall LeavesOct. 10- ApplesOct. 17- PumpkinsOct. 24- SpidersOct. 31- Bats
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We have learned so much about leaves! We have read several fiction and non-fiction books to study them. Here are just a few we enjoyed reading :
Why Do Leaves Change Color? by Betsy Maestro & Loretta KrupenskiFletcher & the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert I Am a Leaf by Jean MarzolloFall Leaves Change Color by K. W. Zoehfeld Students brought in leaves so we could make leaf prints. Here's a look: We explored online websites with our Smartboard to observe the colorful fall foilage:Weather Channel: Autumn video Weather Channel: Autumn Pics U.S. Fall Foilage Map Outside, we pretended to be leaves. We varied our speed & direction according to weather forecasts. It was lots of fun! Take a look:

While Ms. Monday was researching ideas for our leaf study, she discovered this fascinating leaf painting website. Look at the way artists in Vietnam use leaves to "paint" a picture: Vietnamese Leaf Painting

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