Library Academy for Educators: November and December 2021

Our featured pre-literacy skill for November and December is emergent comprehension. We can build this skill by helping young children to understand stories, develop background knowledge, and make connections. 

#READ: Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber

Leaf Jumpers Book Cover

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Graceful, poetic text celebrates the beauty of autumn leaves, while the simple text at the end explains why leaves change color. Readers learn how to identify all sorts of leaves from red maple to sycamore by their color, shape, and other characteristics. A great choice for science units and autumn displays."

Increase pre-literacy skills as you read together:

  • Look at the cover together and ask what season it might be. Ask children what they already know about fall.
  • Help children connect their prior experiences to the book. Ask children if they have ever gone on a leaf hunt or played in the leaves.
  • Act out the story together by pretending to toss leaves in the air, dance in the leaves, rake the leaves, and then jump into the piles.


#SING: All the Leaves are Falling Down

(Tune: London Bridge is Falling Down)

All the leaves are falling down 

Falling down, falling down.  

All the leaves are falling down,  

It is fall time. 


Take the leaves and crunch them up, 

Crunch them up, crunch them up.  

Take the leaves and crunch them up.  

It is fall time. 


Watch them drifting to the ground, 

To the ground, to the ground.  

Watch them drifting to the ground.  

It is fall time. 


Take a rake and rake them up, 

Rake them up, rake them up. 

Take a rake and rake them up. 

It is fall time.

#EXPLORE: Leaf Jumpers Story Reenactment

Child holding a handful of colorful leaves

Go on a leaf hunt to build emergent comprehension skills after reading Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber. 

 Targeted Standards

  1. Language and Literacy

IV.F.4.a. Retells or reenacts story with increasing accuracy and complexity after it is read aloud


  • Brown paper or plastic bag for each child
  • Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber


  1. Read Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber.
  2. Talk about the different ways the characters in the story played with the leaves (e.g., smelled the leaves touched and traced the veins and shapes of leaves with fingers, tossed leaves in the air, danced in the leaves, raked the leaves then jumped into piles).
  3. Invite children to join you on a leaf hunt outside to reenact the story of Leaf Jumpers.
  4. Provide each child with a plastic or brown paper bag to collect leaves and other nature walk findings as you reenact the story.


  • Use nature walk findings to create a fall sensory bin for the classroom. Check out a physical copy of Leaf Jumpers here to place next to the sensory bin for continued exploration.
  • Use nature walk findings to create collage art.

#KEEP READING: Check out these wonderFALL books to share in your classroom.


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