Many people like to look at leaves as they change colors in the fall. What's your favorite fall activity?
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?
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?
In what ways do you think a reliable interactive map predicting the timing of leaves' color change could be a valuable economic tool?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.