Lost in the Leaves

Everywhere I look I see beautiful fall leaves! Well, everywhere inside my school, that is. Living here in South Florida  the leaves on the palm trees don't exactly change color, the air doesn't get that crisp chill, we don't go apple picking. We know it's fall because we can get pumpkin spice lattes again at Starbucks or we take part in a conversation that goes something like this: "Hey, are you sweating?" "You know what? Not as much as usual!" And there ya have it. Fall in Florida.

But, we make up for it in the building with copious displays of all things fall. I was walking to a friend's room and happend by the cutest turkey! This one comes from A Cupcake for the Teacher.
Googly eyes just ratchet up the cuteness factor of any project.

I love this next activity. I didn't actually do it with my own class yet. These pix are from some other second grade classes in the building. It's called Lost in the Leaves and it's an oldie but goodie from Mailbox Magazine.
The kids write clues about an object that is lost in the leaves on the front of the project. They can either draw a picture of the object or draw it before they cover it with leaves. Love how these turn out. The kids have fun guessing what's hidden under the leaves of their friends' projects too.

And our last lovely leaf project is this beautiful leaf wreath (Kind of a tongue twister, huh?)
During non-instructional support personnel week (which is a real thing btw - and it was this week) each grade level recognizes a group in the school. This year we had the cafeteria ladies. Each of our second graders decorated a leaf and then we attached them to this giant wreath that we hung up in the cafeteria for them. Came out cute I think!

I am so crazy jealous of all y'all that have a break this week! We work all the way up to and including Wednesday! We barely have time to shove the turkey in the oven and clean up the mess then it's back to work on Monday! Turkey day is at my house again this year, so I've got lots of shopping, cleaning and cooking on my to-do list for the next few days. oh joy. It will all be worth it for those 20 glorious minutes it takes everyone to eat the meal that takes me a week to prepare! Right?



  1. Love Teri's turkey craft---yours turned out so cute!! The wreath looks FABULOUS!!

    Don't get out til Wednesday?? WOWSERS! There's no time to rest and enjoy the family time--let alone enjoying the food!

    First Grade and Fabulous

  2. You are so right about everything! So much preparation for 20 minutes of eating! You need the week off! Wreath, leaves, everything looks darling!

    Amy Howbert
    Little Miss Organized

  3. We have school next week, too! Thank you for the shout!! The turkeys came out so cute :D
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  4. We work through Wednesday too...you're not alone! Adorable turkeys!



  5. We're in 'til the holiday too--it does feel so rushed! I hope you have a nice, quick week. I loved seeing what your students are working on :)

  6. Love these projects! Enjoy your break...even if it feels rushed:)

  7. Super projects . . . so diggin' that big old leaf wreath. Good luck next week. You are within sight of that glorious Turkey Break :)

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  8. Really loved seeing your student crafts. We work two days next week and then off three! Hope you enjoy Thanksgiving!
    Literacy Minute

  9. Awesome work! Thanks for sharing!!

  10. Your wreath is beautiful! What a great display!

    Teaching Maths with Meaning

  11. Love the leaf ideas! We used the Lost in the Leaves project to help reinforce our inferences unit and turned it into a class book! The kids loved it and have begged to read it daily to guess what is hidden in the leaf piles!

  12. Hi Denise,
    If you don't get fall then making it yourself is then next best thing. Great projects! I was just stopping by to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

    The Picture Book Teacher's Edition

  13. Wonderful pre-Thanksgiving activities to do with kids. I'm going to pin these on Pinterest so I return to them next year.

  14. Hi ~ I found you through TBTS. Very cute and colorful blog!



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