Once the air starts to turn crisp, we know to watch for leaves to start changing color and falling. Down here in the South, this actually happens about a month after fall officially begins. But that doesn’t matter. I start getting into the fall spirit around September 1.
To help our kids learn more about this time of year, we put together a fun fall leaves unit study – one of our easy homeschool unit studies that you can use to discuss themes with your kids! Below you’ll find fall leaf books, leaf arts and crafts for kids, and leaf printables and activities that will be fun to use with your children!
Homeschool Unit Studies: Leaves Unit Study
Leaf Notebooking Pages
Pick up these free leaf notebooking pages for the kids to use as you cover this unit study! These are great for copywork exercises, handwriting practice, or for collecting the facts they learn along the way! You might even use them to answer the questions in the video section that follows!
To download the free leaf notebooking pages, just click the image or the link below!
Why Do Trees Shed Their Leaves?
Watch the following video to find out why leaves fall off trees during autumn. See if the kids can answer the questions below afterward.
2. What is chlorophyll? (Answer: A colored pigment that plays a role in the process of photosynthesis.)
3. What are carotenoids? (Answer: Yellow and orange pigments that provide color to some plants)
4. What are anthocyanins? (Answer: The red and purple pigments that provide color to some plants)
5. Why do plants have more chlorophyll than other pigments? (Answer: Because chlorophyll is involved in photosynthesis, the plant’s primary job.)
6. Why do trees need less chlorophyll during winter months? (Answer: Because they spend less of their energy doing the word of photosynthesis during these months.)
7. Why do leaves fall off of trees? (Answer: Trees form a thin layer of weak cells near the base of the leaves. In addition, trees form another layer of cells at the base that gradually pushes the leaves away.)
So leaves aren’t just falling off of trees. They’re being nudged off by the trees themselves. Neat!
Fall Leaves Concentration Game
Add some math practice to your fall leaves unit study with this fun concentration game! Kids can take turns matching numbers and dots while keeping with the leaves theme!
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>>>> Fall Leaf Math Concentration Game <<<<
Fall Leaf Arts & Crafts
Share some of these easy fall leaf arts and crafts with the kids as part of your unit study!
Fall Leaf Books for Kids
Fall is a wonderful time for family reading! Share some of these fall leaf books for kids this autumn! And be sure to pick up our free fall reading journal printables to check comprehension for older kids!
Fall Leaf Activities and Printables for Kids
Add even more educational fun to your fall leaves unit study with these activities and printables!
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