Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Love Leaves- Leaf Hunt Time! - Section 3: Small Group Instruction


Leaves, leaves, leaves..they’re everywhere this time of the year in California.  While our seasons are understandably different, this lesson can be shared with students any time of the year when leaves are abundant on the ground.  Additionally, since pine needles are leaves as well, they can be used in this lesson.  If none of these things are a part of your environment, buy some tissue leaves. The idea is to use what’s around you.  Realia like this- from nature or paper- is invaluable to students, particularly English Learners because it helps them develop valuable conceptual knowledge.  The more opportunities we give them to explore the material and concept, the better they absorb it.  Many of our students don’t have the material or time to study something like a leaf at such a basic level, so give them that gift.  The bonus for us is seeing their excitement when they connect to nature- I mean really connect- for the first time.  It’s priceless.  Neither of you will ever look at a leaf the same way.

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Love Leaves- Leaf Hunt Time!

Unit 10: Love Leaves
Lesson 1 of 6

Objective: Students will learn about a leaf’s environment to locate samples outdoors.

Big Idea: What does a leaf do for a tree?

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Science, SP1, XC1, leaves
  35 minutes
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