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Fall
Submitted by: Cheryl Rhoads, Tomball
Audience
• Pre-school
Books
Pumpkin Soup by:Helen Cooper
Three friends learn the ups and downs of friendship and sharing.
Dappled Apples by:Jan Carr
Descriptive celebration of fall.
Every Autumn Comes the Bear by:Jim Arnosky
Describes the bear in fall getting settled in for the long winter.
When Autumn Falls by:Kelli Nidey
Describes many aspects of fall, from frolicking in the leaves to football.
Fall Leaves Fall! by:Zoe Hall
Story about leaves, their shapes, the changing of color and all that can be done with them in the fall.
Songs
The Little Leaves
SONG - Written by a teacher I had when I was 4 or 5 years old


(We pretend to be trees with arms outstretched and wiggling fingers and we whirl and wiggle our fingers to the ground where appropriate).


The little leaves go whirling round,
whirling round, whirling round.
The little leaves go whirling round, falling to the ground.
Whirling round,
Whirling round,
Falling to the ground.
Whirling round
Whirling round,
Falling to the ground.
Leaves On the Trees
(To the Tune of Wheels on the Bus)

The leaves on the trees are orange and red
Orange and red,
Orange and red,
The leaves on the trees are orange and red
All over town.

The leaves on the trees come tumbling down (etc.)

The leaves on the trees go swish, swish, swish (etc.)

We rake them in a pile and jump right in. (ect.)
Ten Red Apples
Ten red apples growing on a tree,
(hold hands up high)
Five for you and five for me.
(Shake one hand, then the other)
Help me shake the tree just so,
(shake whole body).
And ten red apples down below.
(Lower hands while fluttering fingers).
One, two, three, four, five
(count fingers on one hand)
Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten
(Count fingers on opposite hand)
Fall Song
(To the tune of Happy Birthday)
Let's sing a song of fall,
Let's sing a song of fall,
With cooler days and falling leaves,
Let's sing a song of fall
Craft
Each child is given a 12 X 18 inch piece of brown construction paper. I hold a large quantity of multicolored die cut oak leaves above my head, tell the children that I am a tree in the fall, and then throw the leaves up in the air. Then I tell the children to collect six leaves for their picture. They glue them onto the brown construction paper, and I also give them crayons to color them if they wish. I then give them paper plates with Elmer's glue and small paint brushes so they can brush glue onto their leaves. After that, we put gold glitter on the picture to finish it off.
Notes
When using glitter, I use a deep plastic container. I put a paper plate in the bottom and then pour the glitter over that, then I trade out for another paper plate and use that to pour the excess glitter on the item. I just keep rotating plates. It makes it a speedier process and makes a lot less mess.