Further informationDid you know that before the words “Fall” and “Autumn” were in use, the term “Harvest” described the season before Winter? Indeed, “Harvest” noted the time of the year when the leaves fall from the trees and farmers gather their crops. However, as more people moved away from farmland to the cities in the 1500s, there was now a need for a word to describe the act of gathering the ripened crops. “Harvest” became that word, and soon there was room for “Autumn” and “Fall” to take their places!
ExplorationWhat Fall changes happen in your neighborhood? Take a walk with a grown-up and make some seasonal observations. What color are the leaves? Are they starting to fall to the ground? How are the animals in the neighborhood behaving? For example, do you see squirrels gathering nuts?Are there pumpkins, squash or other seasonal decorations outside of neighbors’ houses? For example, in some parts of the world, Halloween is celebrated during the Fall, and people may place decorations on their front lawns to celebrate the occasion!
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