Why Do Leaves Change Color in the Fall?

Explore the following "Basic Information" sites and prepare a "quality response" to the question. Then explores the other resources. Be sure to try "Activity: On-Line Maple Leaf Jigsaw Puzzle" under "Fun Activities" when your written response is complete.

Basic Information

Autumn Leaves - Fun Facts: Learn about Why Leaves Change Colors in Autumn --- a site created by a girl named Tasha and her mother. Note: I usually don't use site with advertising banners and "pop ups", however this site is not only outstanding, but it was created by a second grader, so I chose to use it in spite of the advertising and use the advertisements as a teaching tool for students. We had a great opportunity to learn about online advertising and how people are "tricked" into clicking a banner. It was a very rich experience.

Autumn Leaves - Why do leaves change color in the fall? by Science Made Simple --- Younger students check out I Can Read.

EEK! - A Tree's True Color - EEK (Environmental Education for Kids) by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

More Advanced Information

Preserve Colorful Beauty of Autumn Leaves - A good article explaining why colors change as well as ways to preserve fall leaves written by a horticulturist for the Washington State University Cooperative Extension Office.

UMCE Bulletin #7078: Why Leaves Change Color - University of Maine Cooperative Extension Bulletin

Why Do Fall Leaves Change Color? - Project by a student in the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Library and Information Studies

Why Leaves Change Color - From the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Why Leaves Change Color - USDA Forest Service

Fun Activities
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Activity: On-Line Maple Leaf Jigsaw Puzzle - This puzzle has 20 pieces in classic puzzle piece shapes.  However, it can be adapted from 6 to 247 pieces with a variety of types of puzzle pieces.

Autumn Leaves

Activity: Start an Autumn Leaf Collection Book - (with printable templates)

Photos: Autumn Leaves

Additional Resources

Education World - Lesson Planning: Photosynthesis - Photosynthesis: Don't "Leaf" Out Fall's Most Valuable Lesson! Lesson planning article

Personal AccuWeather - Fall Foliage FAQs - from AccuWeather.com

Why do Leaves Change Colors - Clemson University Extension Service, South Carolina


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