It took a little bit to climb to the top. We took our time and collected leaves as we went. We stopped and took some small red leaves from some wild blueberries.
We found a maple that was just starting to turn, predominately green with the red just beginning to take over.
We finished climbing to the top to take a look at the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks aflame.
We then collected red and yellow leaves from an oak and a white birch tree.
Later in the week we also collected leaves at another state park. We found plenty of varieties of maples and oaks, but also poplar, black birch, and ginko. There were also many I could not identify.
As soon as we got the leaves home, we immediately color photo copied them while they were flexible and full of color. This gave us plenty of time to complete any work we would do with them. My main objective was to have the boys make a mini field guide with the leaves that they found. We decided to focus on the maple, oak, and white birch. I created a page for each of the trees with the photos that we took of the bark and the full tree. Then we cut out each leaf from the color photocopy and pasted them on each page. The final result we laminated and bound to make our guide.
In years past of teaching with leaves, it never occurred to me to color copy them. I am very excited that this will not dry, bubble up, and fade over time like leaves tend to do. The boys were very excited about the results. It is displayed on our science table where I know it will see much use. My hope is that they will be able to identify these trees by the spring. We will see when the fresh green leaves come out if they were able to learn the shapes.