Seasonal Changes

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    A Little Messy

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Question and Wonder:

  • What changes do you notice around you when the weather changes?
  • What happens when fall comes? Winter?
  • Do things change more dramatically in fall or spring? Why do you think that?
  • What happens to the plants and trees around you in the different seasons? How do they change?

Observe the trees around you. What do their leaves look like?

Imagine and Design:

  • Can you tell what season it is by the way the leaves look on the trees? How?
  • What changes?
  • Can you predict what will happen next? How will you do that?
  • What evidence is there to tell you what is going on?

Create a tree form the construction paper and glue it to your paper plate. Use the fruit loops or cheerios to represent the leaves as they look right now. (If using cheerios: Put a couple drops of food coloring in a baggie, add the cheerios and shake until coated.) Then make another tree to represent what they will like when the seasons change.

Test and Discuss:

  • How accurate was your prediction of the leaf changes?
  • When do the leaves change color on your block? What makes them change?
  • Why do they fall off the tree?
  • Do they change color when they are on the ground? Why?
  • What else changes when the leaves change? Does it get colder or warmer? Does it rain or snow?

Did You Know?

The seasonal changes happen because of the “tilt of the Earth.” The earth is tilted on its axis and when the sun’s energy is more direct, it is summer. When the sun’s energy is less direct, it is winter.

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