Activity Introduction

A masterpiece isn’t created the first time around – artists have to constantly reflect on and improve their work before they present their final product. In this activity, you will create a scientific drawing of a leaf, taking time to reflect on your process step by step, and improve your art bit by bit.

This is a good activity for kids to complete independently.

Ideal for: Upper Primary Ages 10 – 12

Themes:

  • fresh air
  • be creative

Time required: 40 minutes 

Curriculum connections: Visual Arts, Science, Critical and Creative Thinking, Sustainability

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes:

Complete lesson for classroom teachers:

Outdoor Learning – Lively Leaves – Years 5 & 6

Resources Required

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Learning@Home from Cool Australia

Learning@Home resources are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in the home environment. They can be used as stand-alone activities or built into existing curriculum-aligned learning programs. Our Learning@Home series includes two types of resources. The first are fun and challenging real-world activities for all ages, the second are self-directed lessons for upper primary and secondary students. These lessons support independent learning in remote or school settings.

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Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

What Does A Leaf Look Like? - Activity Instructions

A masterpiece isn’t created the first time around - artists have to constantly reflect on and improve their work before they present their final product. In this activity, you will create a scientific drawing of a leaf, taking time to reflect on your process step by step, and improve your art bit by bit.

Part A: What Does A Leaf Look Like?

Step 1. Head outside and walk around for as long as you feel like. As you walk, keep an eye out for as many different leaves as you can. Check out the colours, shapes and sizes, and collect any that have fallen. Do not take any that are still growing.

Step 2. On your worksheet, answer the question, ‘How would you describe a leaf to someone who has never seen one?’ Under your description, draw one of the leaves you have collected.

Part B: Refining Your Art

Step 1. Look at the document Austin’s Butterfly. Austin was shown the first butterfly, and asked to draw it. Each draft shows how Austin mod

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