Fall is quickly approaching! If you’re interested in the unit study approach to homeschooling, it’s a great time of year to do a Leaves Unit Study with your kids! With the activities in this unit, you can cover science, art, language, and reading – all while discussing seasonal leaves!
I should add that these are just recommendations. The great thing about unit studies is that you can customize them to your kids’ interests. If your children don’t care for these activities, feel free to swap them out for others!
Why Do Leaves Change Color?
Watch the following Discovery News video with your kids and then discuss the questions below:
- What colors do carotenoids produce? (ANSWER: yellow, brown, and orange)
- What colors do anthrocyanins make? (ANSWER: red and blue)
- Why do trees stop producing chlorophyll during fall? (ANSWER: Because they receive less sunlight, which is what they need to replenish chlorophyll levels.)
- Do the tree’s leaves actually “change” colors? (ANSWER: No. The other colors were hidden under the green chlorophyll the entire time. They just become visible when the chlorophyll runs out.)
- What happens to the leaves as the fall goes on? (ANSWER: The pigments break down and eventually the leaves die and fall off the tree.)
- What could happen to leaf colors as the global climate gets warmer? (ANSWER: The leaves’ colors could develop later and later. Eventually, they may not develop at all.)
Printable Leaf Unit Study Activities
Our free printable Leaf Unit Study pack can give you even more opportunities for learning! In the pack, you’ll find the following:
- Leaf-themed writing prompts
- Leaf coloring pages
- Leaf matching activity
- Seasonal tree flashcards
Don’t forget to grab the free set of Leaf Identification Flashcards from Look! We’re Learning! to complete your leaf unit study!
Books about Leaves
To cover your reading lessons, try the following children’s books about leaves:
- Leaves by David Ezra Stein
- We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger
- Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert
- Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber
Unit studies are lots of fun and great for times when you need to put the book work away or when your kids want to learn about a specific time or topic. Follow our Pinterest board below to keep up with the unit studies we share over there!