Children are in school, leaves are crunching under your feet, and the distant cheers of enthusiastic football fans can be heard on Friday night -- can fall be far away? Although you may not be ready bid farewell to summer, Mother Nature has another plan! Prepare your students and yourself for the change of season with creative lessons that share an autumn theme. Included: Five fall lessons that emphasize language arts, math, and science concepts!
Changing, swirling leaves are a sure sign that fall is on its way. This year, make the most of the seasonal shift with lessons that bring the fall season indoors. As an introduction to autumn, check out the virtual movie called "Seasons from BrainPOPs (click on the SCIENCE tab, then WEATHER, then SEASONS); and to reward your students for their fabulous fall work, visit Fall Games for games, mazes, puzzles, and word searches. From preschoolers who sort twigs, leaves, acorns, and other fall frills to seniors who write sonnets about the setting sun, autumn offers inspiration for every eager learner -- and educator!
This week, Education World provides five lessons that put fun into fall. Click on each of the five lesson headlines below for a complete teaching resource. (Appropriate grades levels for each activity are in parentheses.)
In this lesson, students gather leaves and trace them on graph paper. They then plot coordinates that approximate the shape of the leaves and share those coordinates as "worksheets" for other students to complete. (Grades 6-8)
Mother Nature has her say
As part of this creative writing activity, students prepare interview questions for Mother Nature and then respond (as the lady herself!) to questions designed by another student. (Grades 3-12)
Going nuts for a new grade
An ideal source for an adorable bulletin board that features student work, this activity gets kids to consider "resolutions" for the new school year! (Grades K-5)
Leaf weight-loss plan
Students measure the weight of a container of leaves daily to discover how quickly it grows lighter as the foliage dries. (Grades 3-5)
The leaves of fall are like a roaring wildfire setting hillsides ablaze, and this lesson that has students create and decorate fall similes is like a gift just waiting to be opened! (Grades 3-12)