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A Leaf Can Be. . .

Dabija, Violeta (Illustrator)
Lerner 2012. 32 pages
First published: 2012
ISBN: 9780761362036 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

recurring patterns, setting, structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Not only are leaves beautiful, they also have multiple functions throughout the year. Using just a few well-chosen words, this book communicates this versatility and their varying roles in nature, touching on how they contribute to making our planet healthy. Structured as a poetic list, usually with simple, two-word descriptions per page, readers will learn about the many ways that a leaf can be useful: as a “Tree topper,” “Rain stopper,” “Skin welter” or “Bat shelter.”

The bright and cheerful full bleed illustrations softly represent the great outdoors with every possible shade of green and brown. The life cycle of a leaf is shown through the text and illustrations. In spring, leaves fold around tiny insect eggs: “A leaf can be a ... Soft cradle. Later, browned autumn leaves drift through the air onto a pond: “But when cool days come chasing, it also can be a ... Wind rider [or] Lake glider.”

Back material for this appealing and imaginative illustrated poem includes additional explanation of the purposes of leaves: as “Air cleaner[s],” leaves also “take tiny bits of pollution out of the air ... send out clean oxygen, a chemical in the air that people need to breathe.” There are also a glossary and suggestions for further reading.

  •  Brainstorm and record what you know about leaves. Add to and revise your mind map as you read.
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    As you read, use the picture to help you understand the meaning of the descriptor for the leaf.

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    Using information from the text, including the “More about leaves” section at the back, make a “Did you know…?” poster, booklet, video or multimedia presentation about the importance of leaves.

  •  

    Gather leaves in your community. Which ones best fit descriptions in the book?

  •  

    Go for a picture walk. Discuss the settings and situations in the pictures.

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    As a group, match the leaf descriptions with the pictures to help you create meaning.

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    With a partner, create a mind map to organize the different purposes of leaves.

  •  

    Choose another natural element (wind, bug, sun). Create a text in the same style.

  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Science and Technology