Introduction: As you begin a unit on fall, ask the students what they like and don't like about the
season. Take the students on a walk around the school to celebrate the many beautiful colors this wonderful season brings.
As they walk around the building have them gather a variety of leaves that indicate the fall season has arrived.
Awe-tumn by Douglas Florian
When summer's seams
Have come undone,
Then greens turn to reds
And purples run.
A palette falls
To forest floor,
And autumn leaves
Leave me in awe.
Florian, Douglas. 2003. Autumnblings: Poems and Paintings.
China: Greenwillow Books. ISBN: 0060092785.
Extension: Discuss with students the way Douglas Florian uses the words "leave" and "awe"
in the poem.
As an art activity have the students create leaf rubbings in fall colors to display around the room to celebrate
the beautiful colors of fall.