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Fall Foliage Maps – When Do Leaves Change Color in the United States?

Brenda Kovich
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Grade Levels
4th - 5th, Homeschool
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17 pages
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Brenda Kovich
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Description

When do the leaves turn color? Why do they change at different times in different regions? This autumn, challenge your students to create fall foliage maps of their own and analyze patterns.

Note: You can create Easel Activities with this resource, but it works better as a printed coloring sheet.

Kids love these coloring sheets! They color states (or parts of states) to show when leaves change colors in each state in the country. Two levels, basic and advanced, allow you to differentiate for your group.

When students finish coloring, they compare their maps to landform or elevation maps. Analyzing patterns discloses four main factors in timing of fall foliage changes: latitude, elevation, proximity to water, and temperature (which is affected by the three other factors).

What’s Included:

Challenging Level

  • Changing leaves directions - two-page coloring directions which requires students to color portions of states using cardinal directions
  • Changing colors map - blank map of continental U.S.A. (with state names and key – September, early October, mid October, late October, and November)
  • Landform map of continental U.S.A.
  • Questions requiring comparison and analysis of fall foliage and landform map
  • Answer key
  • Photo of completed map

Basic Level

  • Changing leaves directions - one-page coloring directions which requires students to color whole (or half) of states
  • Mapping changing colors - blank map of continental U.S.A. (with state names and key – early October, mid October, late October, and November)
  • Elevation map of continental U.S.A. (each state is colored with average elevation)
  • Questions requiring comparison and analysis of fall foliage and elevation map
  • Answer key
  • Photo of completed map

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I'm committed to continual improvement. This resource was updated on July 31. 2020.

Total Pages
17 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
NGSS4-ESS2-2
Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth’s features. Maps can include topographic maps of Earth’s land and ocean floor, as well as maps of the locations of mountains, continental boundaries, volcanoes, and earthquakes.
NGSS4-LS1-2
Use a model to describe that animals receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways. Emphasis is on systems of information transfer. Assessment does not include the mechanisms by which the brain stores and recalls information or the mechanisms of how sensory receptors function.
NGSS4-LS1-1
Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction. Examples of structures could include thorns, stems, roots, colored petals, heart, stomach, lung, brain, and skin. Assessment is limited to macroscopic structures within plant and animal systems.

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