One of my all time favorite ways to celebrate a new season is to do a thematic unit on it!
My kids adore scavenger hunts, so I made sure I had one ready for the first activity of this fall unit.
My first graders are just beginning to learn to write. One of the most enjoyable ways to write is to write to a friend. I chose to have the kids write a goodby letter to summer to show how to write a FRIENDLY LETTER. It’s always a great idea to start with a little brain storming.
Because my third graders are already familiar with this I added a compare and contrast lesson to their writing. The goal was to include how summer and fall are similar and different.
I also included a writing craftivity. My kids love art projects, so I had them paint a fall tree and add cheerios for the bark. Then they wrote questions they had about fall on acorns. They are now on our class bulletin board.
Fall is also a great time to get out and explore your senses. This was a great way to introduce the senses to my K5 kids and to have my older kids turn it into a poem. (Plus it got us outside exploring, which is always my goal for any kind of unit!)
I included a few games into the unit. Third grade is working on multiplication, so I prepared a little file folder game so they could practice their multiplication 2’s and 3’s in the morning before lessons began.
Several years ago, I came up with a fun song about fall. We still sing it every year! I used it with my first graders in a fall poem. My K5 students circled the color words and drew a picture to illustrate.
If you’re looking for this unit you can find it here.