The Fall
Shared Reading:
Good Night, Owl by Pat
Hutchins  or  The Four
Seasons by Rozanne Lanczak
Focus Poetry:
"Down, Down"
Journal Topics:
*Draw a tree in the fall.
*What do you wear in the fall?
*Draw things that "fall" in the fall.
*What do you like to do in fall weather?
*What can you hear/smell/taste in the fall?
Center Ideas:
writing: "In the fall, I can see ___."

art: mix red, yellow, orange, and brown crayons/paint on yellow paper, then cut into
leaf shape and attach to class tree

fine motor: scribble art squirrel, perforate leaf shape
Fall Colors by Rita Walsh

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert

When Autumn Comes by Robert Maas

We Love Fall! by Diane Muldrow
*We brainstorm lots of fall activities after reading these 2 books. Then we make a
class book using the following pattern:
"Listen now, don't you hear?
Fall is our favorite time of year.
(name) loves to (activity) you see.
Yes, fall is best! We hope you agree!"

Owl Babies Fly by Janet Craig

Autumn Days by Ann Schweninger

Seasons (Random House)

Why do Leaves Change Color? by Betsy Maestro

Fall for All by Jerry Holt

I Am a Leaf by Jean Marzollo

Fall Leaves by Mary Packard

Fresh Fall Leaves by Betsy Franco

A Tree Is Nice by Janice May Udry
*There are so many great books about leaves in the fall... we read as many as we can
before we create a torn-paper tree scene.  Then we write about the leaves using the
starter: "
The leaves are ______."

Leaves On the Car (kid-booklet copied from Warren Publishing House, Inc.)
*Each child gets a copy of the booklet and we read as a class;  focusing on
directionality, tracking/voice-print match, and punctuation.  What else could leaves be
Students complete their own sentence strip flip book.  Each student is given a page
divided into 6 boxes (1st box=
Leaves, 2nd box=on, 3rd box=the, 4th-6th boxes=
____.).  They cut apart the boxes and glue the words in order from left to right, using
the blank boxes to illustrate what else the leaves could be on.  If the blank boxes are
stapled together, the sentence strip becomes a flip book.
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*Of course, we do the usual ABB/ABC patterning (leaf cut-outs on sentence strips to
make hats, leaf cut-outs on paper plate "wreaths,"  assorted nuts,  etc.).
*But we also make "grab and graphs".  We put equal numbers of red, yellow, orange,
and brown leaves in a bag.  Then each child "grabs and graphs" his/her leaf on the
graph paper. This is a great way to teach probability, as well as graphing.  They love
predicting which color leaf each student will draw.   (We use "grab and graphs"  in
almost all our units.  They get really good at determining probability by the end of the
*We practice our estimation skills by guessing how many acorns we can hold in one
Science/Social Studies:
Fall is the perfect time to bring the "outdoors" in.  We take lunch sacks and go on a "fall
walk" around the school grounds.  We collect all the "fallen" things.  Then each student
takes the items home to create a fall wreath as a family project.  We also add some of
the items to our science center for a closer look with the magnifying glasses.
Mrs. Anderson's Fall Unit                 The Leaves are Falling Down