E.T. A LOCAL WAY OF LEARNING
Title: THIS IS MY LEAF
Author: Eulalie R. Rivera Elementary School
Environmental Education Team
Grade Level: 4 Adult
8. Attitude and Values 1. Social Studies
12. Stewardship 2. Art
3. Language Arts
Through an intense examination of a leaf, students will identify and select from
a mixed assortment of the same leaf type the one leaf that was the subject of
This is a specific acclimatization activity that compels the individual to
examine a leaf in such detail and with such intensity that they identify with it
at some later point when all such like leaves are mixed in a pile. The purpose
is to sharpen awareness and perception skills and develop a feeling or an
affinity for an object, and that such will carry over to other things in the
man-made or natural world.
Using the outline and activities as suggested here will assure the intensity of
Observation /perception necessary and may also be a competitive game for persons
involved--how many can pick out their leaf from the assortment available?
This activity may take place in class or at any outdoor site. We need only to
collect leaves of one kind, somewhat similar in size, whether green from a tree
After students have had ample time (20 minutes) to complete study of their leaf,
have them turn in the leaf to you one at a time. Unknown to the student, mark
the leaf with a number using a small piece of masking tape.
There will be 10 extra leaves mixed in the assortment, also with number, but not
belonging to any person. With all the leaves so mixed, students take turns to
select their leaf. When everyone has their turn, match the leaf number with
numbers assigned to students. How did the group score?
E. T. Name
THIS IS MY LEAF
1. From the available assortment, select one leaf--this is your leaf to study
2. From the leaf key provided, develop a general description of your leaf.
3. Flatten your leaf out here and either trace its exact dimensions or place
it underneath this spot and do a leaf rubbing. In any case, try to get
every detail outlined in the drawing or rubbing.
THIS IS MY LEAF
4. Using the outline sketch or rubbing, provide in writing every detail
About your leaf such as: smooth? wavy? teeth? double teeth? lobes? veins?
color? texture? shape? exact size in length? width?
5. Pick out something unusual about your leaf--something it may suggest to
you as you look at it from different perspectives and then write a creative
paragraph about your leaf.
6. Now for the test. Give your leaf to the teacher who will mark it with a
number unknown to you, at the same time noting the number alongside your name
on the roster. Each student will now have a turn to select their leaf from
the pile. Can you do it?
7. As a follow-up, students can share with others the one thing that helped them
to correctly select their leaf.
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