Fall is one of my favorite times of the year as a teacher. The excitement of a new school year coupled with the amazing fall activities makes it a winner! Here are a few ideas to keep your students engaged, learning, having fun and building social/emotional skills!
- Take learning outside. Typically (this week not being typical!) the weather in the fall is perfect for outdoor learning.
a. Make and/or fly kites
b. Take a sensory nature walk
c. Bob for apples
d. Jump in leaves
e. Collect fallen branches, leaves, acorns, seed pods, etc.
f. Go to a park walking distance to school
2. Have fun with Apples & Pumpkins
a. Graph, estimate, read, talk, share, compare, taste, and smell apples and pumpkins.
b. Plant an apple and pumpkin seed in a clear plastic cup and watch them sprout
c. Teach about the life cycle of apples and pumpkins
a. Apples: applesauce, pie, candy apples, etc.
b. Pumpkin: pie, bread, pudding, seeds, etc.
c. Thanksgiving: mash potatoes, corn, cranberry sauce, turkey
d. Friendship soup
4. Create using nature items:
5. Teach about the Pilgrims and Native Americans
a. Thanksgiving feast
Hopefully these ideas will spark your creative juices and you will create an amazing fall with your students full of fun, learning and caring!