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Monday Morning Ready10.18.2019
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An interactive map published by tourism website Smoky Mountains is set to help fall foliage enthusiasts make the most of the colorful season. As Alison Fox reports for Travel + Leisure, the map draws on data including precipitation and temperature forecasts, average daylight exposure, and soil moisture to predict the timing of leaves' color change across the continental United States.... < read more >
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
Grade 3-4

Many people like to look at leaves as they change colors in the fall. What's your favorite fall activity?

Grade 5-6

If you could go on vacation any time you liked, would you plan your trip so you could see the changing colors of leaves in the fall? If yes, why? If no, when you rather go on vacation and what would you do?

Grade 7-8

According to the article, above-average September temperatures caused a significant delay in fall colors' Midwest debut last year and are expected to do the same this year. How do you think rising temperatures will affect the timing and colors of fall foliage in the distant future?

Grade 9-10

In what ways do you think a reliable interactive map predicting the timing of leaves' color change could be a valuable economic tool?

LESSON PLAN
Promote a Fall Foliage Destination

PROCESS:

  1. Invite students to explore the 2019 Fall Foliage Prediction Map. Based on what they see, instruct them to select a time and place to view peak fall foliage.
  2. Then have students imagine that they are in charge of a public relations campaign designed to attract visitors to this place during the fall season. Point out that younger people, like them, are back in school in the fall so fewer families are free to vacation during this time of year. Because of that, their target audience is empty-nesters and retirees.
  3. Encourage students to conduct research to learn more about the area's attractions including sites to see, places to stay and-of course-best places to view fantastic fall foliage.
  4. Based on what they learn, challenge them to create a vintage-inspired advertisement that will appeal to their target audience and entice people to visit this destination.

ASSESSMENT:

Invite students to present their advertisements to the class. Challenge them to identify aspects of their ads that they think will entice people to visit this destination to view the fall colors.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:

Grades 3-4:
Explore the 2019 Fall Foliage Prediction Map as a class and select one time and place to visit. Divide the class into small groups. Encourage groups to conduct their own research to learn more about the place. Then have each group create a print advertisement that will appeal to the target audience.
Grades 5-6:
Divide the class into small groups. Instruct each group to explore the 2019 Fall Foliage Prediction Map and then select a time and place to view peak fall foliage. Have groups conduct research to learn more about the place. Then have each group create a print advertisement that will appeal to the target audience.
Grades 7-8:
Divide the class into pairs. Instruct each pair to explore the 2019 Fall Foliage Prediction Map and select a time and place to view peak fall foliage. Based on what they learn, challenge partners to write a radio advertisement that will appeal to empty nesters or retirees. Have students record their advertisements and share them with the class.
Grades 9-10:
Divide the class into pairs. Instruct partners to explore the 2019 Fall Foliage Prediction Map and select a time and place to view peak fall foliage. Based on what they learn, challenge partners to write a script for a television advertisement that will appeal to empty nesters or retirees. Encourage students to gather props, recruit classmates as actors and film their TV ads. Invite pairs to share their finished products with the class.
SMITHSONIAN RESOURCES
Autumn Views
Whenever autumn arrives, whether in a blaze of brilliant leaves or with subtle changes in the life cycles of flora and fauna, the season holds a special beauty. Explore this Smithsonian site to see how natural-science illustrations combine art and science in the close observation of nature and artwork from the world and across time can capture the mood, color and light of the fall seasons.

Autumn Splendor: Why Do Leaves Change Color in the Fall?
Autumn is a beautiful and fun season for all ages. We can observe a lot of changes during this season—including the color of leaves. To understand why leaves change color, read this article from the Smithsonian Science Education Center.

Watch Leaves Change Color in a Matter of Seconds
Read this Smithsonian magazine article and watch the accompanying time-lapse video to see how over 6,000 leaf photos reveals the biology behind fall foliage.

Leaves, Diamonds, Birds & Roses: Design Patterns in Everyday Life
An important part of design is learning to look closely at the objects around us. In this activity from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, students will have opportunities to observe partners and symbols across disciplines. They will brainstorm ideas, collect and analyze data and construct graphs and graphic organizers.

The Science of Color
In this lesson from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, elementary students will use the scientific method to explore how to make different colors with paint. They will also problem solve ways to darken and lighten colors without using black and white paint.

Forget Cherry Blossoms—Why Fall May Be the Best Time to Visit Japan
From mid-October to early December, Japan’s gorgeous gardens burst with color. Read this Smithsonian magazine article to learn about and see photos of Japan’s spectacular fall foliage.
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