Up first, talking about some very awesome adjectives! We made a super quick anchor chart using some leaf cutouts. Students wrote awesome adjectives on their leaves and used stick glue to glue them on the chart. [I did take a photo of the whole chart but there is a major glare on it... sorry]
I also did a blog post all about the science behind leaf pigments. The directions for the leaf chromatography lab can be found here.
Of course we have to add a little bit of art into the learning as well! We created leaf relief prints and painted a watercolor background for them to be mounted on.
3. Cut off any leaf/stem edges that are hanging over the edge.
4. Cover the cardboard and leaves with the cheap aluminum foil (like what you would use for baking). Buy the cheap brand... the foil is thinner which allows the details from the leaves to show through more. Use some masking tape to secure the foil on the back side of the cardboard.
5. Using your finger, carefully press/rub the foil to reveal the detail form the leaf below it. Remind your students to be careful not to rip the tin foil.
Here are some examples of the leaves after they were burnished with the steel wool.
8. Paint a piece of tagboard with watercolors to create a background for the leaf relief. My students were only able to use "fall colors". After the watercolor has dried, mount the leaf relief on to the tagboard using glue.
9. You can also back them one more time with a piece of black card stock/construction paper to give it a little bit more dimension and to give the watercolored paper a "reason" to not curl up on itself.
The measurements for the materials we used:
cardboard: 4" x 4"
watercolored tagboard: 8" x 8"
black card stock/construction paper backer: 8.5" x 8.5"
And there you have it, some amazing leaf relief art projects!!
Are there any fall activities that you just can't imagine not doing in your classroom? I would love to hear about them!! Want to save these ideas for later? Pin one of the images below to save and share with friends!