Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Learning more about Leaves

Ms. Tompkins- Why do leaves change colour?



A.B- I think because they fall down and they change colour

- it’s almost fall

K.B- the leaves that temi found had some red and orange on them too

E.M- because they have a little yellow on it and a little bit of brown and a little bit red on it because when fall stays down it changes black

A.K- the leaves on the floor

D.K- I thought if the leaves never fall that fall will never actually exist

T.K- because its almost winter

P.D- i wonder if they change colours because its almost winter and if the winter will go on top of the leaves 

- how about the leaves is falling down on the ground because the leaves are going to be mud and dirt

A.L- I wonder if its almost fall 

Z.H- it’s almost fall

D.S- the sun is up there

N.M- shared idea in Russian


- because it’s almost fall


We put a pile of leaves on the carpet that the students and teachers had collected. We wanted to know what leaves there were and how many. 


D.K- we can count them

D.S- count to 20 leaves

D.D- maybe we could...maple leaves, beech leaves, and a red maple leaves

A.B- a yellow leaf, and you could count all the maple leaves

N.M- count the leaves

- we could count birch leaves

K.B- there are 28 leaves, I counted them

- we can use our finger

A.M- we can count how many leaves in your garden 

- we count them 

A.B- put them to the side 

We counted them all together, as A.B put them to the side of our mat. We counted to 29. We had 29 leaves!



Ms. Tompkins asked, “what kind of leaves do we have? How can we find out what kind they are?”

- you can look at the tree and see if it’s the same, and see if it is a red tree, a yellow tree or brown tree

We asked the students to find the maple leaves. 

D.K pulled the maple leaves out and counted them. 


Then another student counted the brown leaves.  

Z.H counted the other leaves that were left over.

Then we moved the leaves to clipboards so we could label them. Students then wrote the names of the leaves.



We asked the students the names of the other leaves and we learned they were beech and oak leaves. So we labelled each type of leaf and then counted and wrote the number we had of each.




We counted each type of leaf that we had sorted. Then we compared the number of leaves we had. 

Z.H- maple leaf has most

D.D- 6 oak leaves because it has the number 6 on it 

- Beech in the middle (he re-counted to 8)

Ms. Tompkins put out a ten-frame counting mat. We recognized that there were the numbers from 1 - 10 on it. Students began to add leaves to match the number in each square.







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