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PreK-8 Activity 78 - Signs of Fall

PreK-8 Activity 78 - Signs of Fall

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Journey North Mobile Application - Journey North is a free, web-based program that engages students in the global, interrelated study of wildlife migration and seasonal change. K-12 students can share their own field observations as they track the coming of spring through the migration patterns of monarch butterflies, robins, hummingbirds, whooping cranes, gray whales, bald eagles— and other birds and mammals; the budding of plants; changing sunlight; and other natural events. The citizen-science Journey North mobile application allows teachers and students to record and submit their observations while they are in the field!

Fairy Tale - A free app that can be downloaded onto the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. This story production tool can be used to create a personal story and enhance it by adding your own drawings, audio, and animation. The illustrations can be moved, expanded, reduced, or rotated with touch, and you can record your own voice as narrator.

Leafsnap - A free app that can be downloaded onto the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad (Andriod version in development). Leafsnap uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species from individual leaf photographs you take in the field. This application contains high-resolution images of bark, flowers, fruit, seeds, and more. Currently Leafsnap specializes in tree species found in the Northeastern United States, but expansion to include all US regions is underway.

Light, Leaves, and Autumn Colors – a resource available through Virginia Tech, College of Natural Resource’s Forestry Outreach Site: Forsite

Trees are vital to the natural landscape because of the weather-sheltered ecosystem that their foliage provides.  Visit this website to learn more about the structure, life, and parts of trees.

A Forest Year - Check out this video, which captures 15 months of a forest’s life. This 3-minute time lapse video was created from 40,000 photographs. Photographer Samuel Orr took pictures out of the same window in his home to create this forest montage. This forest snapshot is just outside of Bloomington, Indiana and was photographed between 2006 and 2008. You can visit Samuel’s website to learn more about the making.

Earth & Sky Radio Show Correlations
This activity can be supplemented with related Earth & Sky radio show audio and transcripts, available for free download, for use in your classroom.
 - Why Do Tree Leaves Turn Red in Fall?

Reading Connections
Nicky the Nature Detective. Anderson and Svedburg. ISBN 9129587867. Publisher: R&S Books. 1988. Nicky’s adventures in the woods and fields introduce the reader to the seasonal changes in plants and animals. Grades 6+. 

The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree. Gibbons, Gail. ISBN 0152712453. Publisher: Harcourt Brace & Company. 1991. The story of the seasonal development of an apple tree. The tree provides Arnold and his family with fruit and juice and helps Arnold use his imagination to play. Grades PreK-2. 

The Apple Pie Tree. Hall, Zoe. ISBN 0590623826. Publisher: Scholastic. 1996. Two sisters tell a story about their apple tree, sharing the changes that take place to the tree through the seasons. Of course, fall is the most exciting time of the year because the big, red apples can finally be picked. Grades PreK-2. 

How Leaves Change. Johnson, Sylvia A. ISBN 0822595133. Publisher: Lerner
Publications. 1986. Describes the structure and purpose of leaves, the ways in which they change as part of the natural cycle of the seasons, and the process that creates their autumn colors. Grades PreK-3. 

Sky Tree: Seeing Science Through Art. Locker, Thomas. ISBN 0064437507. Publisher: Harper Collins. 1995. A tree stands on a hill by a river. As the sky changes, so does the tree, its branches filling with clouds, stars, snow, birds,mists, and the golden spring sun. One tree can mean many things. Grades PreK-4. 

Autumn Days: Let’s Look at the Seasons. Schweninger, Ann. ISBN 0140540555. Publisher: Penguin Group, Inc. 1993. Text, illustrations, and activities explore the season of autumn and the changes it brings in the natural world. Grades 1-4. 

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