autumn,  natural materials,  nature,  science

Acorn Science

Acorns are great for autumn inquiries because they naturally lead to a variety of questions, such as;

  • Why do the acorns fall off the tree?
  • If we plant an acorn, will it grow? What would it grow into?
  • What is inside of an acorn?
  • Do any animals eat acorns besides squirrels?
These questions can lead to wonderful investigations about autumn, hibernation, and plant life. If you’re looking for some additional science activities to do with acorns you can easily adapt year-round favorites to help your students understand acorns better.  You could:
  • See if acorns sink or float, and then explore the same question with other types of nuts
  • Talk about texture and see if you can find other natural items that have similar texture to acorns
  • See if acorn are magnetic, then see if there is anything on your playground that is magnetic
  • Make acorn rubbings with paper and crayons
  • Press acorns into clay to make impressions
  • Analyze the different parts of an acorn and make technical drawings
  • Use a balance scale to see if an acorn is heavier or lighter than common classroom items
Autumn is my favorite season because there are so many changes to observe, and so many natural materials that play an important role in the season.  Take advantage of what you have readily available to make learning meaningful for your students! If you’re looking for more autumn ideas, check out these posts:

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