Throughout October, as our class studies leaves as part of our collections of nature unit, we simultaneously started adding to a leaf pile every time we visited our outdoor classroom. It all culminated with our Fall Festival. After playing BINGO, "mummifying" the students with toilet paper, and reading The Biggest Leaf Pile by Steve Metzger, it was time to go outside to the leaf pile.
We gathered one last round of leaves.
We grabbed a handful and made a leaf storm.
I even offered the class the opportunity to cover me with leaves. They graciously accepted.
The collection of leaves was now covering the teacher.
After all that hard work, it was time for natural play. Some students stayed to jump in the leaf pile. Others took their parents for a tour of the outdoor classroom. Others hid in the goldenrod. Either way, all had a blast and helped celebrate a wonderful month of learning.