Today is September 23, the first day of fall here in the Northern Hemisphere. I know many of you are planning lessons to teach about the season of fall. Here are some ways you can weave this into all of your subject areas (with some free downloads to use as well!!!
When I think about an English/language arts lesson, one of my favorite activities comes to mind… writing prompts. There are SO MANY things you can get your students writing about when it comes to fall. I like to make my prompts errorless, so students have the freedom to create their own story, and there are no wrong answers.
I just re-did my Fall Unit in my store on TPT and, yes, it now includes a writing prompt. Go check out that unit HERE.
Oh my, there are so many great books out there with a Fall theme. If you are looking for books on apples, then check out one of my favorite bloggers, Storie who has a great post with tons of apple books for kids. Click HERE to see her complete list.
Another great list of books, all on fall, comes from Rhythms of Play. Click HERE to see that complete list of Fall books.
I have the perfect literacy unit for fall on The Lonely Scarecrow in my store. Click HERE to check it out. It has lots of activities, a craft and a social story on Feeling Lonely.
So many things you can count that are fall-themed. You could count acorns, leaves, pine cones and more. Have you download my FREE count and color fall leaves worksheet in the free resource library? Click HERE if you need the password. Click HERE if you already know it ?. Just look under the science section.
One thing I really like to do is to make things as versatile as possible. I want to be able to use things over and over and with many different students who have many different needs. This is especially true if I am going to go to the trouble of printing something in color, then laminating it AND adding Velcro.
I created these free fall counting cards that you can download by clicking the button below. They are so versatile, and can be used in so many different ways. Just take a sneak peak at this short video to learn more, and then download your free set!!
Of course, you will be teaching about Fall in your science block. This is an easy one if you have the right materials. I recently went back and totally redid my unit on Fall in my store. It has 7 days worth of packed plans to keep your students busy. CLICK HERE to check it out. To see the digital version, CLICK HERE.
5. Social Studies
This is becoming one of my favorite subjects to explore and research. So, my mind immediately went to how I could incorporate fall into my social studies lessons. Geography was the obvious choice!! As I said in the first sentence, we are starting the season of Fall here in the Northern Hemisphere. But, I know I have followers from all over the world. Also, not many students may understand what or where the Northern Hemisphere is. It would be nice for our students to realize that people are experiencing not only different weather around the world, but also different seasons.
I do cover the idea of season more in depth for older students in my unit on Seasons. Click HERE to check that out. But, I wanted to give you all something to use right now.
So, be sure to download this map and have students identify the 2 hemispheres and the current season in each. Just click the button below.
6. Online practice
This year, 2020, finds many of us teaching online or a combination or online and face to face. For that reason, I created a set of digital worksheets you can assign to students regardless of their learning environment. And, because they all come in a differentiated version every student in your class can be doing the same activity at the same time. There are some samples in the Free Resource Library (just look under digital resources. They are the apple fraction worksheets.) CLICK HERE to check them out.
I hope this has given you some ideas of how you can teach fall in all subjects all day long. There is so much we can dive into with each season!!
One final note…. Have you been getting my emails for Free Worksheet Wednesday?? This week, I have yet another Fall worksheet that will show up in your inbox at 6:00 am EST Wednesday morning. So, if you are not on my list, then be sure to sign up HERE.