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This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2. This month’s issue describes how patterns relate to a leaf classification activity.
This article discusses several simple activities to do with leaves. It is a great idea for fall as the leaves are easy for small children to gather. The lesson plan gives several ideas involving the study of patterns (a concept from NGSS).
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)
I feel like the ideas in the article that I read are pretty good ones that I should use with my future students. For example one idea talked about how students love to take nature walks to collect things for a school project. Some of the things that I could have my students collect include leaves and bugs. When we come back to the classroom after the nature walk, I would have my students look at the objects that they have gathered and see if there is anyway to group them by size, color, or shape.
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