Step 1: Read aloud the book Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. Ask students how the author is using personification in the illustrations and in the text.
Step 2: During the read-aloud, ask students to predict where the leaves will go next. How do they think the author might show that with the leaves?
Step 3: Have students think about an object or food that would be found on their Thanksgiving table and create a list of phrases that could personify that object (such as “the candle danced in the breeze”). Select their favorite phrase and write it down.
Step 4: Take students on a nature walk to collect a variety of leaves. Be sure to select examples with different shapes, sizes, colors, and textures.
Step 5: Bring the leaves back and refer back to their selected phrase. Organize the leaves on a blank sheet of paper in a what that would best capture the phrase, based on size, shape, color and texture.
Step 6: Once happy with their design, students can glue down their leaves into their personification phrases. Use oil pastels to complete the background.