Fall with Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
As we are right in the middle of some very fall-like weather, all the teachers at school have been doing fall-themed activities. I took this opportunity to introduce some new fall vocabulary to my preschoolers: Apple, pumpkin, leaf, tree, scarecrow, and wind.
After introducing the words, I shared this GORGEOUS book. Each illustrated page features a design of animals, rivers and orchards made entirely of autumn leaves.
Afterward, we pretended to be leaves blowing in the wind. Each time I called a different fall word and the students pretended to be them. It was good practice for the words I introduced earlier.
To finish, we went on a leaf hunt outside and made our own leaf men - making sure they had heads, arms, legs, stomachs, and hands and feet. Students really loved this activity and felt very inspired by the book.
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In addition to being a writer, I have about the best job in the world. I teach 3-6 year olds English in an Italian preschool. I LOVE using picture books in my ESL lessons as introductions to my daily topics, and just because kids love books. My goal with this blog isn't to highlight the most "of-the-moment" picture books, but rather to present books that work well for ESL learners and that are accessible to teachers living all around the world. If you're an ESL teacher who loves books, then this blog is for you.