Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf , written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert, is a simple story that describes the growth of a maple tree from seed to sapling.
This book is written as if a child were telling their friend about a special leaf he/she has been saving to show them. The child tells the friend how it came to be – from a seed that sprouted, grew into a sapling, then was planted in their yard. It takes the reader through the cycle of seasons, as well as the growth stages of a tree. The illustrations are bright and colorful.
Curriculum Connections: Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf is a good book for teaching the concept of seasonal changes as they relate to the life cycle of a tree. SOL 1.7
- This Scholastic website offers several ideas for reinforcing the lesson on seasonal changes, fall leaves, and harvest time, utilizing the areas of poetry, language arts, and math.
- In an effort to further understand the seasons, this website outlines a lesson plan on the four seasons, as well as an activity to create a “seasons book” that can be used as a tool to measure their knowledge and understanding of this concept.
- This website offers a printable cut & paste activity for students to paste the appropriate activity under the proper season.
Book: Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf
Author: Lois Ehlert
Illustrator: Lois Ehlert
Publisher: Harcourt Brace & Company
Grade Range: K-1