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Fall Leaves

Holland, Loretta (Author)
MacKay, Elly (Illustrator)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2014. 32 pages
First published: 2014
ISBN: 9780544106642 (hardcover)
9780544465541 (e-book)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

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:

Both the spirit and the science of autumn conveyed in this book will accommodate a wide variety of reading tastes. Fans of literature will relish gentle word play (“Fall Leaves,” “Leaves Fall,” “Leaves Leave”) and poetic expository language: “Fall usually brings rain, which makes leaves twist and squirm on tree branches.” Curious nature-lovers will appreciate the explanations for changing seasons (“Our galaxy is slowly spinning too.All of these turnings make the sun’s light come and go”), changing leaf-colours (“they eat less and the chlorophyll starts to drain from their leaves”) and more.

Luminous full-page scenes created using digital collage techniques show two children enjoying natural settings—from a sun-kissed tree house in “When summer leaves” to a warmly lit home in the woods in “Sun Leaves.” One image shows the pair skimming a pond in a rowboat. Bright tree foliage, reflected in the clear water, is created with half-mixed paint colours for a vivid effect that children can recreate themselves. The final winter scene seems captured through a frosty lens, showing an evocative composition of children and a toboggan on a hilltop, as deer forage in the snowy meadow below.

Back material describes a fun fall-season craft.

  •  Go for a picture walk. Make connections to personal experiences and prior knowledge.
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    Notice and discuss when the same word is used as a noun and a verb, such as leaves and fall. Start a class list of words that can be used in multiple ways.

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    Working together, use the information to create a timeline of fall. Add your own ideas and observations.

  •  Draw and write to show what you love to do in fall. Share your work with a partner or small group. Discuss a new activity you might like to try based on your classmates’ ideas.
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    Go for a picture walk. Discuss the elements that symbolize fall. As a group, create a class list of fall words from your prior knowledge and from the illustrations. When the book is read aloud, add new words to the list. Discuss how some words have a variety of meanings and can be used as both nouns and verbs.

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    In small groups, start a KWL chart about fall.

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    After the read-aloud, check and adjust the information on your KWL chart. Add new information that you learned.

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    Create your own pictures of fall in the same style. Add a short text to describe them.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To cooperate with others
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Science and Technology
  • Visual Arts