Leaf Rubbing

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  • To decorate the classroom with the pupils’ art work.
  • To practise the imperative.
  • To practise the lexis of stationery and of colours.
  • To extend the pupils’ vocabulary of plants: veins, stem, etc.
  • To learn different words to categorise leaves: colours, shapes, deciduous, dry, etc. 

Materials needed
Ask the pupils to collect leaves of any size and shape or bring in leaves you have collected; sheets of paper big enough to cover the leaves individually (white, brown, black, coloured as you desire); all or one of these: crayons, colouring pencils, coloured and white chalk

Tell the pupils they are going to be doing “Leaf Rubbing” today.
1) Put all the leaves together in a pile in front of you. Take one leaf and ask the class to categorise it. (possible words: large, small, pointed, green, dry, hard, soft, wide, compound, etc. )
2) Illustrate the leaf veins (the vessels used to transport food, minerals and water to the plant) and the stem. If necessary draw a leaf on the board to illustrate.
3) Ask them if they can name the tree it comes from. (use mother tongue if necessary)
4) Each pupil then chooses one leaf and a piece of paper.
5) Tell them: put the leaf on the desk and the piece of paper on top of it.
6) Each pupil then chooses the colouring tool (crayon, pencil, chalk) they want.
7) Tell them: Gently rub the leaf with your (pencil, crayon....) so that you can see the veins of the leaf.
8) When they finish, collect all the leaves to decorate the class – see follow-up.

Here are some variations and follow up.
When the pupils have finished, collect all the sheets of paper and make a mobile, hang them on the wall or on lines across the classroom, or make a big tree on the wall, which you can then label and use throughout the year as an ‘English Language Tree’.

Scritto da Tracey Sinclair
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