LEAF MAN by Lois Ehlert
Harcourt, c2005 $16.00 ISBN# 0-15-205304-2
Summary: A man made of leaves blows away, traveling wherever the wind may take him.
1. Winds-Fiction 2. Leaves-Fiction

CONNECTIONS: SCIENCE
1. Make a Leaf Man of materials found in your own area and identify all materials by scientific and common names.
2. Encourage readers to gather a wide variety of leaves for a group collection and make an autumn leaf identification book. On each page have one leaf---identifying the tree, where it grows, characteristics of the tree. Try http://www.kidzone.com/plants for more science projects.

CONNECTIONS: ART AND WRITING PROJECTS
1. Bring in bags of leaves etc. and make a Leaf Man by gluing on construction paper. Write an adventure for the Leaf Man using the words “A Leaf Man’s got to go where the wind blows”. Illustrate the background and laminate the page for an autumn display.
2. The book is very poetical in language so maybe a poem. Try naming the Leaf Man and writing an acrostic poem. For more autumn poetry, try http://www.dltk-holidays.com/fall/fallpoetry.html
3. Write a BCR (Brief Constructed Response) as required in state testing that explains where the Leaf Man has finally ended up. Be so descriptive that classmates can guess the location. Illustrate the final resting place of Leaf Man.

CONNECTIONS: MATH
1. Graph the leaves gathered by color, tree species, or from largest to smallest.
2. Measure leaves from your gatherings and compare to the illustrations in Leaf Man . Support that the illustrator was or was not accurate in her illustrations.

CONNECTIONS: AUTHOR STUDIES
1. Show some of Ehlert’s other books fiction and non-fiction. Compare and contrast.
2. Listen to an interview with Lois Ehlert on the Reading Rockets site http://www.readingrockets.org
3. “Google” Lois Ehlert and from the results decide which are trying to sell and which might be informative.

CONNECTIONS: FAMILY FUN NIGHT
This is a great book for all ages and is appropriate for use as autumn programming at church, community and school functions. Follow up with “leafy projects” and apple cider.(Dr Peggy A. Sharp features this book in her New Book News Aug,2005 edition.)Barbara Trafton Judge Woods ES Glenarden, Md. btrafton@pgcps.org

All ideas found at http://www.ala.org/ala/aaslbucket/pittsburgh/PictureThis.pdf

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