Fall is by far my favorite season. I’m such a beach lover at heart, but overall fall is just such a fun time of the year. The leaves are beautiful, there’s apple cider and hot chocolate everywhere, sweaters and boots are in season, the weather is glorious, and my birthday falls right in there too. =)
It’s also my favorite time in our classroom. We roll right from Johnny Appleseed into pumpkins, spiders, and monsters. Students really get into the thematic units and are so excited to see what we’ll do next. I’m working hard to clean up all my units and get them posted to TpT for you. I just listed my pumpkin one this week and have spiders and monsters coming up soon in time for Halloween.
The pumpkin one is fun because it includes our pumpkin journal where we plant and observe pumpkin seeds along with a ton of other pumpkin-themed ideas. I mostly stay away from Halloween in this one, but there are a couple ideas that use jack o’ lanterns.
I pulled out one of my staple items from the new pumpkin unit to share as a freebie with you. It’s my pumpkin life cycle cut and paste activity (black and white and color versions). What I really like about it is that the answer key I made also doubles as a learning chart/poster for your classroom. You can grab it for free in my TpT store without the watermark. Please leave some love if you can use it!
I also wanted to share my favorite pumpkin books with you. I use them for our partner reading centers during reading workshop and for whole class read alouds. I love the photographs in the Ken Robbins one because they’re really high quality and make great writing prompts. Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie has great photographs for the life cycle though. Pumpkin Circle is pretty much our staple book for the unit. I don’t think I can ever have enough books and I’m always looking for new ones. What are your favorites for fall?
The whole unit is for sale in my store if you need it. I teach third, but it could easily be used for second, fourth, and lower fifth too.
You can find other great fall products and freebies in this linky party!