Literature to Use
All you need for this activity is leaves that have fallen on the ground and the Estimation Station Worksheet along with pencils.
- Start the activity with reading the book Fresh Fall Leaves by Betsy Franco.
- Teach the poem (at the top of this page) about falling leaves to the children.
- It is so fun to have all the children gather a bunch of leaves to hold onto. Recite the poem together, and when you get to the part "AND SENDS THEM DANCING TO THE SKY," have the kids throw them into the air and watch how they float down to the ground. Take a few minutes to have them DESCRIBE how the leaves are coming down. They DANCE, TWIRL, SPIN, ROCK, etc.
- Repeat this activity a few times to help build vocabulary.
- Instruct the kids to gather a bunch of leaves one more time and place them in front of them as they sit on the ground or at a picnic table.
- As the children to estimate how many leaves are in their piles.
- They record their estimations on their record sheet.
- Then they count the leaves in their pile and record the actual amount. This is an excellent opportunity for the children to practice skip counting. Have them group the leaves by twos, fives, or tens.
- Click Below for the Record Sheets. The first one is for the whole group, and the second one is for individual children.
- Have the students share their estimations. Discuss who was the closest to his/her estimation? (Have a crown made of leaves to give to the child to wear.
- Together, put the estimated numbers of all the children in order from least to most or most to least.
- Find the difference between their estimations and the actual number.
- Put ALL of the leaves that were gathered into the pile and together group them into groups of 10 and skip count.
- After the activity, read the book Autumn Leaves by Ken Robbins.
- Look through the pile of leaves to see what type of tree they came from.
- Do leaf rubbings and create Leaf Creatures.
- Instead of having the children gather items from the school grounds, provide them with hula-hoops.
- Place hula-hoops at various places on the ground.
- In small groups, the children look inside the hula-hoops and estimate how many leaves, acorns, twigs/sticks are inside the hula-hoop.
- Depending on where you live, you can use a variety of materials provided by Mother Nature.
- pine needles