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Fall

Children and animals alike excitedly anticipate yellow time, when the trees release their colorful leaves to blanket the earth, crows raise their voices joyfully from the bare branches, and squirrels busy themselves preparing their nests for winter. This lyrical celebration of the beauty and fun of autumn is sure to become a perennial fall favorite.

It’s a perfect fall day and Amelia Bedelia is visiting her grandparents. When her grandmother wants to make an apple pie, Amelia is happy to help out!

Teach students about insect life cycles through a close look at butterflies.

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Introduce students to cabbage and guide them in closely observing characteristics of, and tasting, several cabbage varieties.

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Teach students about changing seasons and the season of autumn. Students create a leaf spinner and record daily temperatures.

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Introduce students to cucumbers, how they grow, and what they taste like.

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Introduce students to roots and the ways they function. Talk with students about the 5 “Ws” (who, what, when, where, and why) and teach them as a guide for creating a poem.

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Introduce students to the insects and other creatures they will find in the garden and their characteristics.

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Introduce students to new fruits and vegetables.

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Introduce students to potatoes and how they grow. Teach students about measurement and guide them practicing close observation through potato explorations.

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