Top
Get science ideas & lessons right in your inbox!

Classifying Leafs, Incorporating Common Core ELA Standards Into Science and Interactive Notebook Ideas

Ready for a great fall activity?

  • That uses scientific practices 
  • Integrates Common Core ELA standards for Reading Informational Text
  • Integrates Common Core ELA standards for Writing Informational Text
  • Utilizes the Interactive Notebook
  • Note: I have tried several methods for putting fall leaves into the interactive notebook.  The best method seems to be clear packing tape, which seals out the oxygen and preserves the leaf.

Have students 
  • go outside and collect 6 different leaves each.

  • Put the combined leaves in the center of each group. As a group, students sort leaves however they want.  
  • See if you can look at the diagram of leaf parts and find those parts on your leaves.

  • Hand students a leaf classification guide and have them adjust their classifying.

Have students discuss as a small group:   Why do some leaves change color in the fall? Why do other leaves not change color?  Why do certain locations get more fall colors than others? 
Shared Writing:  Write a group answer to the first question:  Why do some leaves change color?
Each group shares their response. 
Read the informational text silently.  (Focused Reading)
 CSS-ELA-Literacy-RI

Put a
  next to things you know.
! next to things that are new.
? next to things that you have a question about. 


Come up with a group answer to the questions: Why do some leaves change color in the fall?  Why do other leaves not change color?  Why do certain locations get more fall colors than others? 
Lastly, I have them participate in a writing assignment.  Students must write a topic sentence, three details, and a concluding statement.  CSS-ELA-Literacy-W-2

FREE Chemical Reaction Resource

If you like this post please share on Pinterest or Facebook

I have written this whole lesson up with everything you need to teach it including a 3 page nonfiction article CLOSE Read Why Do Fall Leaves Change Color?  


Click Here for a set of FREE Science Station CARDS FREE Science Station Cards

Comments

Leave a Reply

Start Here

I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!

 
Science and Engineering Practices Distance Education Unit

Tina S

Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
5
2016-05-03T18:05:39-06:00

Tina S

I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!   Science and Engineering Practices Distance Education Unit
The elephant article was excellent but I also thought the lab on dissecting a flower was broken down so easily, even telling me where to get inexpensive flowers!  This resource helped me teach this challenging standard in an engaging way.  Worth every penny!

 
Structure and Function NGSS 4-LS1-1 and 4-LS1-2

Richard S

Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
5
2016-05-03T18:07:52-06:00

Richard S

The elephant article was excellent but I also thought the lab on dissecting a flower was broken down so easily, even telling me where to get inexpensive flowers!  This resource helped me teach this challenging standard in an engaging way.  Worth every penny!   Structure and Function NGSS 4-LS1-1 and 4-LS1-2
As always, Lynda provides perfect alignment with the standards.

 
Age of the Earth and Geologic Time Scale NGSS MS ESS1-4

Sharon M

Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
5
2016-05-03T18:24:44-06:00

Sharon M

As always, Lynda provides perfect alignment with the standards.   Age of the Earth and Geologic Time Scale NGSS MS ESS1-4
Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.

 
Honey Bee Digital Escape Distance Learning

Expedition Fourth

Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
2020-11-03T20:44:55-07:00

Expedition Fourth

Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.   Honey Bee Digital Escape Distance Learning
My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.

 
Compare and Contrast Two Texts on Reindeer

Heidi J

Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
2020-11-03T20:45:49-07:00

Heidi J

My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.   Compare and Contrast Two Texts on Reindeer
5
3
Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams