1.)Begin lesson by asking students, "How are we different now from when we were babies?"
2.)Use graphic organizer or "thinksheet" to brainstorm "Change" or how we have changed since we were babies. Discuss each student response. Discuss with students how we keep changing into adulthood.
3.)Have students draw and share pictures of themselves. Use the titles "Me as a Baby" and "Me Now".
4.)Read and discuss The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree, by Gail Gibbons.
5.)Use graphic organizer to detail title, plot, setting, characters, etc. about the book.
6.)Optional: Depending on ability level of students have them perform an online search (individually, in small groups, or with a large group projection device, together as a class) for materials about the four seasons.
7.)Read and discuss How Do You Know It's Winter?, by Allan Fowler.
8.)Use graphic organizer to list words and ideas about winter. Students draw or cut out a picture provided by the teacher of an apple tree in winter and glue to graphic organizer.
9.)Depending on ability level of students, use graphic organizer for students to write sentences and/or draw pictures about winter using words and ideas from previous step.
10.)Have students who wrote sentences transfer story to winter writing paper.
11.)Additional activities as time allows:
Use graphic organizer to list words and ideas, draw pictures and/or write sentences about winter clothing, winter weather, winter activities and winter holidays.
Use graphic organizer to list words and ideas using the 5 senses (things you hear, see, touch, taste and smell) during winter.
12.)Art Projects: Provide students with a color sheet or have them draw a winter scene. Use any additional winter art activities that time allows.
13.)Have students use 12x18 sheets of construction paper, fold up 6" from bottom to make a winter pocket page, staple sides and label WINTER. Have students place all completed activities into pocket. Display in classroom or hallway.
14.)Repeat steps 7-13 for each remaining season reading appropriate book, completing graphic organizers, writing sentences and stories, completing additional activities and art projects and making pocket book pages.
15.)Make cover for pocket book having students use 6"x6" pieces of construction paper to draw or color and cut out an appropriate scene for each season. Glue the four seasons pictures onto 12"x18" piece of construction paper with 6" folded up and stapled to form pocket for back of cover page.
16.)Use "My Favorite Season Is" activity sheet to have students, depending on ability level, list words and ideas, write sentences and/or draw pictures of their favorite season. Place in pocket on cover page.
17.)Use "I Like the Seasons" activity sheet to have students, depending on ability level, write words and ideas, write sentences and/or draw pictures showing specific things they like about each season. Place in pocket on cover page.
18.)Use graphic organizer or thinksheet matrix to compare the four season in the following areas: weather, effect on plants, effect on animals and effect on people. Place in pocket on cover page.
19.)Use hole punch to punch holes in all pages. Put books together using twine, ribbon or paper brads.
20.)Allow students the opportunity to share their books by placing them in a classroom or hallway for others to see.