Natural Resources: Seasons Changeby: Valynda Mayes

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Fall catches our attention, sometimes in subtle ways. A brisk wind, a seed pod. Consider the nondescript tree that you never notice until its golden or garnet leaves flutter to the ground. For those of us who don’t like cold weather, the beauty of fall makes up for the pain that is coming. But despite the riot of color, fall is more than a pretty face. There is astronomy, chemistry, and botany, and when animals enter the picture—whether preparing for winter or passing through—you have a perfect opportunity to engage students in nature studies. Although fall is well underway, use the long-term activity ideas here to plan for next year. After all, this is the season to store up your reserves!

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  • on Fri Nov 28, 2014 3:47 PM

There were some awesome resources that are provided by this article many pertaining to fall.

Destiny Huggins
Destiny Huggins

  • on Sat Sep 10, 2011 11:55 AM

Get your students outside! This little article is chock-full of ideas for simple fall investigations that will enhance observation and writing skills. Several online sources are included that will help you bone up on why leaves change color, the reason for seasons, and nature journaling.

Patricia McGinnis  (Pottstown, PA)
Patricia McGinnis (Pottstown, PA)

  • on Wed Jul 06, 2011 8:07 PM

The article provides several internet resources to explain the reason for the seasons. Within the resources, there are resources on the changing of colors and falling of leaves and the migration of birds.

Sandra Gady  (Renton, WA)
Sandra Gady (Renton, WA)

  • on Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:51 PM

Why do the leaves change color in the fall? We hear this question from students each year...we think of it ourselves...but can you go beyond a surface explanation to show true understanding? This article furthers understanding, and also provides the opportunity to reflect on other concepts and the conversations we can have as teachers that help us grow and help our students learn.

Caryn Meirs  (Smithtown, NY)
Caryn Meirs (Smithtown, NY)

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