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Throughout the Seasons

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Help children understand that deciduous trees change as the seasons pass. Give each child four toilet tissue tubes and two paper plates. Cut two slits directly opposite each other in one end of each tube. Cut the paper plates in half. Help children paint their four tubes brown. Then let children use crayons to color one of the paper-plate halves with blossoms, one with green leaves, one with orange and red leaves, and one with bare branches. Help children slide one paper plate half into the slits on one brown tube. Do the same with the other three paper-plate halves and tubes. Then encourage children to tell little stories about their trees as they use them to show the sequence of the seasons. Or share the poem below, "Nature's Surprise," and have children hold up the tree that matches each stanza of the poem.

Nature's Surprise
by Sue LaBella

Its leaves give us sweet shade
From summer's yellow sun.

In autumn those leaves fall
Bright colors every one.

For winter, bare branches
Show up against gray skies.

Come spring, young buds show up
Burst open with surprise!

What is this special thing
That gives a show for free?

Mother nature's present --
A beautiful, lovely tree!

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05/18/2009