Students place a title on their journal page, "Autumn".
As it is chilly outside, students will need a sweater or jacket. Take the students outside to observe the fall tree.
While outside, ask the students to describe what they see and feel. Again, gather a few fall leaves to observe and describe. Compare the differences between the fall and the summer leaves.
Ask the students to describe the weather and compare the differences.
Once inside the students draw a picture of the tree based upon their observations. They draw themselves and how they needed to be dressed for the weather. They also draw a picture that depicts the weather. Have students label the picture with letters or words.
Provide students with a paper thermometer to record the day's temperature.
Assess: Do students accurately depict the tree in the fall, the weather and the clothing that they are wearing? Is the picture labeled and neat?
Extend: This is a great time of the year to teach about the apple harvest. A great resource to read to the students is Apples, by Gail Gibbons. Like the author of the book, A Tree for All Seasons, the author takes the students through the cycle of the apple tree. Compare the cycle of the tree in the school yard with the apple tree in the book.