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Fall Leaves
Submitted by: Anna Gonzalez, Katherine Tyra
Audience
• Pre-school
Books
Leaf Jumpers by:Carole Gerber
Rhyming text shows autumn leaves in all their variety of fall colors. The last page has the explanation of why leaves change color. Readers learn how to identify all sorts of leaves by their color, shape, and other characteristics. This book has as simple explanation that is easy for children to understand and it also brings in a little science.
Leaves by:David Ezra Stein
A little bear is watching autumn leaves falling from the trees. He tries to put them back on the trees but to no avail. He then goes in a deep sleep (hibernation) and wakes up again in the spring and new leaves adorn the trees. This offers a way to talk to children about the changing seasons and it touches on the aspect of hibernation
Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by:Julia Rawlinson
Fletcher is a fox who is worried about the leaves falling off of the trees so much so that he tries very hard to keep the last leaf on the tree. Only after his is unable to succeed does Fletcher catch the beautiful sight that is glittering snow covered tree.
Leaf Man by:Lois Ehlert
Ehlert takes us on a journey of what autumn looks like in with the main character of Leaf Man who is illustrated completely out of leaves. Every page is a celebration of the fall colors
Look what I did with a leaf! by:Morteza E. Sohi
This book provides examples of different kinds of animals that can be made out of leaves and suggests various uses for the finished product. This has beautiful illustrations made entirely of leaves. I pass this book around to the parents and children so they can see the pictures up close of all the animals creatively made out of leaves.
Songs
The leaves are falling down, falling down.
(As you sing the first verse of the song go around and drop real or silk or die cut leaves around the children so they may pick one to use for the rest of the song.)
The leaves are falling down falling down.
The leaves are falling down falling down.
The leaves are falling down their falling all around
The leaves are falling down falling down.
(Have every one grab one leaf including yourself and put the leaf on the various parts of your body as directed by the song)
There’s a leaf on my shoe, on my shoe
There’s a leaf on my shoe, on my shoe
There’s a leaf on my shoe, I don’t know what to do
There’s a leaf on my shoe, on my shoe
There’s a leaf on my hip, on my hip
There’s a leaf on my hip, on my hip
There’s a leaf on my hip, I’m glad it’s not my lip
There’s a leaf on my hip, on my hip

There’s a leaf on my belly, on my belly
There’s a leaf on my belly, on my belly
There’s a leaf on my belly, I can make it shake like jelly
There’s a leaf on my belly, on my belly

There’s a leaf on my shoulder, on my shoulder
There’s a leaf on my shoulder, on my shoulder
There’s a leaf on my shoulder, I’m glad it’s not a boulder
There’s a leaf on my shoulder, on my shoulder

There’s a leaf on my nose, on my nose
There’s a leaf on my nose, on my nose
There’s a leaf on my nose, boy it really goes (Blow the leaf away)
There’s a leaf on my nose, on my nose
Falling Leaves
(To the Tune of London Bridge is falling down)
All the leaves are falling down
[Flutter fingers downward.]
Orange, green, red, and brown.
[Flutter fingers.]
Craft
1.Go outside and collect all different shapes of leaves and if possible all different colors of leaves. If you prefer not to use real leaves you can cut some out of construction paper or use brown paper bags from the grocery store. You will need glue stick.

2.Use a contrasting color background for paper to arrange your leaves and create a Leaf Man of your own. Be creative you can make any kind of leaf person or animal. I use the book Look what I did with a leaf! Written by Morteza E. Sohi for inspiration.

3.For a basic Leaf man or animal use large leaves for the head and body and use skinny leaves or leaves cut in half for legs arms or tails. You can also add dots or crayons to enhance your Leaf creatures.
Notes
Notes: The children seem enjoy Story time more when alternating between books and songs. Reading Leaf Man as the last book is helpful because it creates a smooth introduction to the making their own leaf men. I personally do not recommend reading out loud the text of “Look what I did with a leaf!”, it can be overwhelming.