When leaves of some trees start changing color, it is a sure sign that summer is ending and autumn is beginning. In this five page lesson titled “Why Leaves Change Color in Autumn,” your students will learn how the flaming foliage comes to be. Additionally, your students will practice their reading in the subject area of science, and get practice in some reading comprehension skills they might need for state standardized testing.
In the lesson, ten multiple choice questions promote the reading skills of locating details, drawing conclusions, relating causes to effects, and making inferences. Part of the vocabulary includes: autumn, carotene, chlorophyll, chloroplasts, deciduous, and evergreen. Besides colorful pictures of autumn leaves, there are also colorful pictures of the leaf’s tiny packages called chloroplasts. One is green for summer. Another picture shows chloroplasts filled with the colors of yellow and orange as they would appear in autumn. (In the lesson all pictures are in color, even though they do not show up that way in my thumbnails.) The sixth page is the answer key. Being a word document, you will easily be able to print off copies and edit the lesson as you see fit.