Fall

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:

Fall Is Concept Book

Leaves Fall Down emergent reader

Leaves Fall Down Teacher Version

Leaves Fall Down Pocket Pictures

Fall is Here emergent reader

Fall is Here Teacher Version

Fall is Here Pocket Chart Pictures

The Fall Basket emergent reader

The Fall Basket Teacher Version

The Fall Basket pocket chart pictures

Marlana Howerton’s website, Lil’ Country Kindergarten, has lots of cute printables.  This is one of the books that she posted on her website: numberhunt.

Jessica Meachum has a couple of wonderful shared reading resources to add to your fall theme:

Leaves Leaves Student Version

Leaves Leaves Chart Size

Its Raining Leaves Student Version

Its Raining Leaves Chart Size

Leaves are Falling Student Version

Leaves are Falling Chart Size

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:

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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!

fall-leaves

fall-concentration

You can use leaf pictures to complete all sorts of sorting and graphing activities.  Here are some pictures from her site:

Sort the leaves by shape

Sort the leaves by shape

Sort the leaves by color.

Sort the leaves by color.

Sort the leaves by size--small, medium and large.

Sort the leaves by size--small, medium and large.

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:

Squirrel Poems and Fingerplays

Mr. Cheeks Cutting Skill Sheet

Mr.Cheeks Find the Missing Letter Emergent Reader

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

Kizclub has this great squirrel/fall item matching activity:  Fall Squirrel Activity They also have this cute and simple word search:  Fall Puzzle

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

Scarecrows

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.

–Author Unknown

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:

Scarecrow & Corn Alpha Match Black and White

Scarecrow Number Mats Color

Scarecrow Counting Felt Board Activity Color

Scarecrow Shape File Folder Game Color

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:

  1. Mrs. Martell’s Fall Theme
  2. Kindergarten Treehouse’s Fall Theme
  3. Kinderthemes’ Autumn Unit
  4. Mrs. Nelson’s Class Fall Unit

Here are some links to other sites that have great Scarecrow themes:

  1. Virtual Vine’s Scarecrow Theme
  2. Kindergarten Treehouse’s Scarecrow Unit
  3. Teaching Heart’s Scarecrow Ideas and Printables
  4. Kinder Korner’s Scarecrow Ideas

9 thoughts on “Fall

  1. I am interested to know if you have any great ideas on The Mitten,The Hat, The Jacket I Wear in the Snow and other Winter Stories. Your site is great. Keep adding your great stuff. I love it!!

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  3. Wow the kindergarten students at North Canaan Elementary School are going to be thrilled to be in Mrs. DeMazza’s Class when i start rolling out these activities. Thank you so much!

    Ashley DeMazza
    Falls Village, CT

  4. I am so thankful I found your site. I am a high school English teacher, yet in a Kindergarten/1st grade combo this year. Your stuff has brighten my Sunday! Thank you thank you!

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