Sunflower Children in September:
Combining Experiences in Poetry, Art, and Connections to Nature
October and The Poetry of Falling Leaves
Children explore the school grounds, gather leaves, and look for signs of the season. Returning to the classroom, they are immersed in literature, poems, and songs about leaves. With leaves in hand, they experience the cycle of nature again through drama. Children sing and dramatize the poetry of Falling Leaves:
Leaves are falling; falling to the ground.
See them gently twirl around; dancing ‘til they touch the ground.
Leaves are falling; falling to the ground..
Favorite information picture books:
- Leaf Man, Lois Ehlert
- Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf, Lois Ehlert
- Look What I Did With A Leaf! Morteza E. Sohi
Songs and rhymes to memorize:
- Leaves Are Falling, Nellie Edge
- Like a Leaf or a Feather, anonymous
- One By One, Margaret Wise Brown
- Who Has Seen The Wind?, Christina Rosetti
A November Poem for Your Poetry "I Can Read" Notebooks.
no green grass
no blue skies
no bare feet going by
no leaves on trees
After children have a memorable sense of this rhyme, use it to model and engage them in interactive writing using the words “yes” and “no.”
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