Here are some of my favorite fall themed books to read-aloud to students:
Here is a planning web that I created for this unit: fall-planning-web
Hubbards Cupboard has some great fall booklets you can print and make with your class:
Jessica Meachum has a couple of wonderful shared reading resources to add to your fall theme:
Last year I purchased Frog Street Press’ Fall Quick and Easy Big Books. Here is a picture:
All of the pictures are full color, you just cut and then glue them to pages, then laminate and bind. This sounds easy enough, but it is still pretty time consuming. However, for the price of about $25 you can make up to eight different books. Here is a picture of one of the books that you can make:
Nora Flanagan created and shared these fall themed ideas and printables on her Little Giraffes site. Thanks Nora for allowing me to share these materials!
You can use leaf pictures to complete all sorts of sorting and graphing activities. Here are some pictures from her site:
You can purchase the large plastic sorting rings (as seen in the pictures above) from AIMS, they retail for $7.95. Click here to see: AIMS online This site also has many fantastic integrated math and science lessons that available for purchase.
Of course, you could always use yarn to create your own sorting circles!
Fall is another great time to talk about squirrels and nuts. I created these squirrel counting mats with clip art and added numbers. I purchase a variety of shelled nuts and place them in a basket at a center. Students make groups or sets with the nuts to represent the numbers to ‘feed’ the squirrel. Here is the document if you would like to print it out: squirrel-number-match
Kinderprintables has a lot of adorable printables that you can use:
Time for Kids’ printable section has this great leaf printable with color words: Colorful Leaves
Here is another great printable from Time for Kids: Leaf Concentration
Preschool Printables has this adorable leaf shape file folder game that you can print in either color or black and white: Leaf Shape Match File Folder Game
I made this book with DJ Inker clip art to match a poem that I found on the internet (if this is your poem, please let me know so I can give you credit for this). Click here if you would like to download this book: our-colorful-fall
This could probably be a mini-unit that you teach separately, but it does fit in nicely with a fall unit as well. Here are some great fall books to read aloud related to scarecrows:
Here are some cute scarecrow poems and songs that I have borrowed from other sites:I’m a Little Scarecrow (Tune: I’m a Little Teapot) I’m a little scarecrow Stuffed with hay. Here I stand in field all day. When I see the crows, I like to shout, “Hey! You crows, you better get out!” –author unknown
Scarecrow, Scarecrow (tune: Twinkle, Twinkle)
Scarecrow, scarecrow turn around.
Scarecrow, scarecrow touch the ground.
Stand up tall and blink your eyes.
Raise your hand up to the sky.
Clap your hands, then tap your knees.
Turn around and tap your feet.
Scarecrow, scarecrow touch your toes.
Scarecrow, scarecrow tap your nose.
Swing your arms so very slow
Now real fast to scare the crows!
Touch your head, jump up and down.
Now sit down without a sound.
Songs4Teachers.com has this adorable Scarecrow song printable: Scarecrow Song
One of my favorite books to read while learning about scarecrows is There Was an Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything At All. The Wide Mouthed Bullfrog CD has a song that accompanies this book (just click on the picture to take you to amazon, where you can purchase individual songs or the entire CD!
A few years back I purchased Music with Mar’s Wide Mouthed Bullfrog CD (this is definitely one of my top five classroom cd’s!). Here is a picture of the CD cover:
I just found this literature guide from Nancy Polette’s website: There Was an Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Lit Guide
Hummingbird Educational posted some story patterns to accompany this book as well. I printed these on card stock and laminated them. Then I added velcro to the back so I could use them with my felt board. My students loves acting out the story with these props! Little Old Lady Story Props
Marlana Howerton’s Lil’ Country Kindergarten site posted an adorable emergent reader to use with this book. The book is “A Scarecrow Week”, here is a link to the page where you can download this book: Lil Country Kindergarten Printables
We made Scarecrow’s out of paper, here is an picture:
I found this cute Scarecrow Dot to Dot (#’s 1-10) from First School: Scarecrow Dot to Dot
Here is another Scarecrow Dot to Dot from Grandma’s Kite: Scarecrow Dot to Dot #’s 1-48
This is really cute! It is a make a scarecrow pattern from Teaching Heart: Scarecrow Pattern
Carl’s Corner has this adorable emergent reader book on her site: Scarecrow Scarecrow Emergent Reader
Kinderprintables has created and shared this cute scarecrow/pumpkin counting emergent reader: Scarecrow Counts the Pumpkins emergent reader
Kaboose offers a free Fall Activity Booklet that you can download; page 3 features a Scarecrow Activity page: Fall Activity Booklet
Shelley Lovett’s Childcare Land website has lots of free Scarecrow printables, here are some links to these activities:
Primary Success offers this cute free scarecrow book to print: The Scarecrow
KinderCritters.com offers an adorable little scarecrow emergent reader to accompany the book, “The Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid…” I See Scarecrow
Here are some links to other sites that have great Fall themes:
- Mrs. Martell’s Fall Theme
- Kindergarten Treehouse’s Fall Theme
- Kinderthemes’ Autumn Unit
- Mrs. Nelson’s Class Fall Unit
Here are some links to other sites that have great Scarecrow themes: