Do you have access to an Ellison die-cutter? If so, you can use it to cut out the various colored leaves you will need for this lesson. If not, you can develop your own leaf pattern; I recommend using google image.
To prepare, cut out a set of each of these leaves for your students:
- Maple: orange (Write the note name "A"on this one.)
- Birch: yellow (Write the note name "G" on this one.)
- Hickory: brown (Write the note name "E" on this one.)
- Red Oak: red (Write the "quarter rest sign" on this one.)
(OK, tree lovers, I did a little online research to see if these are really the fall colors of these types of trees, and I admit they are not "exactly" accurate. In the interest of color recognition practice for my students, we can live with that, right? )
- Scatter the class set of leaves on the floor of the classroom. There should be enough so that each student can pick up one of each color.
- As students arrive, remind them not to pick up or move the leaves until the "leaf hunt" begins. Students begin the class in a standing position, scattered around the room.
- Introduce the book and instruct students that they are to echo you on each sentence of the story.
- Students will incorporate creative movements in each part of the story that describe actions, such as "climb/huff-puff", "step/squish", "slip-slide/splish-splash", and "row/plip-plop".
- Students will pick up the leaf color of the trees as they are mentioned in the story.
- There can be one picture of a skunk that you can hide somewhere in the room to show the students as you read that part of the story. Here is a simple skunk image to use:
- After the reading of the story is finished, students will arrange their four leaves into a pattern of three notes and a quarter rest.
- Students will take turns playing the four-beat patterns composed by the students on tone bells or xylophones.