Happy autumn! There is no better time to look at leaves then when they are all over the ground. The Investigate With Jam ™ crew adventured out on another tree hunt. This time we searched for Oak trees. I printed off five differently types of Oak tree leaves for the boys to use as a guide.
I picked different Oak trees that could be found in our area. Pin Oaks and Red Oaks are common street trees, and Willow Oaks and Swamp White Oaks like to be around wet areas. Since we live off a road and in walking distance to a stream I figured we had a good chance of finding something.
Interesting, out of all the places we walked and looked we ended up finding 3 of the Oak trees planted along road to a softball field. Trust me no one was more excited than Kal.
We would have continued our hunt for the other two trees but with a playground near the softball field my team got distracted.
Join the search and find an Oak tree.
Case Study #12 - use these leaf pictures as a guide. Circle the leaves you find.
Reference Case Study #4 to help you describe your leaf.
Visit a garden center. Look at the different sizes of plants and guess how long it took for it to grow.
Case study #10: Go on a scavenger hunt. Attached is 2 scavenger hunts. The first hunt is specifically for Behnke Nurseries. Use the second hunt for any other garden center if you are not in the Baltimore Washington area.
Find the London Plane tree.
Download Case study #5 for tree facts and clues. Tag us on Instagram with your tree selfie or hashtag #IWJFun.
There are many ways to describe a leaf. The most common ways are to describe the type, arrangement, shape, margin, and venation. There are two types of leaves; simple and compound. Compound leafs are divided into leaflets and a simple leaf has a single blade. Leaf arrangements describe how the leaf is positioned on its stem. The leaf shape defines the overall shape (surprised?). The leaf margin is the shape of the leaf edges, and the leaf venation describes the pattern of the veins.
Jam went on a nature walk through his neighborhood. He tried to describe some of the leaves on the trees he passed. He described colors and sizes, but his favorite was the “star shape leaf”.
Go on a leaf scavenger hunt in your neighborhood.
Case study #4: Download the leaf scavenger hunt and have fun investigating.
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Courtney McQueen is a landscape designer and children's book author from Columbia, MD