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Why Do Leaves Change Color?

Contributor: Victoria Surface. Lesson ID: 10581

Why is the fall season called "fall"? What happens to leaves that time of year? Can you make leaves change color? Find out more using videos, articles, a hands-on experiment, and your poetic talents!


Earth Science

learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Lion, Otter
Grade Level
PreK/K, Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Watch this amazing video, timelapse fall colors in central park, from fabio eusebi:


To find out how the leaves change color, read on!

  • Did you notice the changing colors in the Central Park video?

In some parts of the world, leaves change color in the fall, or autumn. Leaves change from green to beautiful shades of red, orange, and yellow.

  • Why does this happen?
  • How are leaves green in the first place?
  • What causes leaves to change color in the fall?

Through interesting videos and creative hands-on activities, you will investigate why leaves are green and how they change color with the changing seasons.

  1. Watch SciShow Kids Why Do Leaves Change Color in the Fall? to learn about why the leaves are green and how they change color in the fall:


  1. Read (or have someone read to you) the Wonderopolis article, Why Do Leaves Change Color in Autumn?

Discuss what you have learned from the video and article with your teacher, then continue on to the Got It? section to color some leaves!

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