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Fall Autumn Themes and Units for Preschool, Pre K, and Kindergarten: Lesson Plans, Activities, and Crafts
Fall Autumn Unit Ideas
This fall think about adding a handful of new preschool or kindergarten units and themes to your standard curriculum. Many teachers find it beneficial to rotate through different themes and units during a season or to switch up the entire curriculum from year to year. Keep in mind that a solid unit can be used throughout the entire academic curriculum and should not be contained to one or two subject areas. The ideas will start to flow as you get comfortable integrating topics across multiple subjects. Before long, you won't even know what to do with all of the material that you have. Happy fall!
You Can Use Your Fall Autumn Themes and Units For All of These Academic Areas
- Plan a trip to a local pumpkin patch or farmers market. This can be a great opportunity to learn about how pumpkins are grown. Bring back a selection of pumpkins in various sizes and shapes to use in the classroom for your unit. If you aren't able to visit a pumpkin patch, purchase real pumpkins from a grocery store.
- Estimate the weights and sizes (don't forget about circumference) for a group of pumpkins before calculating the real weights. You can also estimate and then count the number of seeds in a given pumpkin. Discuss and implement different strategies for counting the seeds (i.e. counting by 5s or 10s). There are any number of other math lesson possibilities for pumpkins such as comparisons (i. e. which pumpkin weighs more?) and total weight or size.
- Once you've taken the seeds out of a pumpkin, you can eat them or make pictures with them.
- Do pumpkins float? Make your guesses and then give it a try.
- Learn about the different parts of a pumpkin.
- Learn about the health benefits of pumpkins.
- Make pumpkin recipes with real and/or canned pumpkin. Try making the same recipe with real and then canned pumpkin and the discuss the similarities and differences. Students can draw and/or write about the results. Consider writing your own pumpkin recipes as well.
- Make paper pumpkins that will last all year long.
- If you have a pumpkin unit going during Halloween, carve jack o lanterns. Experiment with different carving tools, designs, and lighting techniques. Painting pumpkins can also be a fun activity for smaller children.
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- Take a trip to a local apple orchard and pick your own apples. If this isn't an option in your area, purchase apples from a local farmers market.
- Do a taste test with different apple varieties and write about their similarities, differences, and characteristics. Which apples do you like the best? Create a graph and chart the class responses.
- Learn about the parts of an apple and how apples are grown. What do apples need to grow?
- Learn about the health benefits of eating apples.
- Estimate how many seeds are in a given apple and then count them.
- Make apple recipes as a class and enjoy simple apple snacks throughout the unit such as apple slices dipped in peanut butter or honey. Then write your own apple recipes and make them into a book.
- Learn the story of Johnny Appleseed.
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- Learn about the anatomy of a leaf.
- Examine leaves under microscopes and draw pictures of your findings. For younger children, it may be easiest to set up microscopes to proper settings for viewing leaves ahead of time.
- Learn about why leaves change color and fall off of the trees in the fall.
- What kinds of trees are prevalent in your area? Go on a leaf walk in the neighborhood and look for different varieties.
- Examine the patterns of leaf veins by doing leaf rubbings with wax paper and crayons or other appropriate materials.
- Rake leaves on the school grounds or in the neighborhood. This can be a great volunteer opportunity! You might get the chance to jump in a few of the leaf piles, too.
- Discuss safe treat-or-treating guidelines.
- Learn about Halloween's origins.
- Make some of your own Halloween candy and other treats for a class party.
- Write original scary stories and choose one or two to act out as a class. If you can, put on the play for another class.
- Read famous scary stories and make up new endings.
- Throughout the last couple weeks of October, decorate your classroom for Halloween.
- Decorate rolls of toilet paper with black eyes and mouths to use for "ghost bowling." A small plastic pumpkin makes a great bowling ball.
- If you didn't do a pumpkin unit this year (see above), Halloween is a great time for any number of different pumpkin lessons and activities.
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- What types of food do farmers harvest in your particular area? If possible, take a trip to a local farm or orchard to observe harvesting in action. If you didn't make an excursion to a pumpkin patch yet this year, a fall harvest unit is a great opportunity.
- How do we harvest food? Learn about the processes of harvesting various foods that grow in your region of the country.
- What animals harvest food during the fall so they have food stored up in the winter? Learn about how and why animals harvest food.
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- Learn about the first Thanksgiving. How has Thanksgiving changed over the years?
- Learn when we celebrate Thanksgiving in the month of November. Is it in the beginning, middle, or end of the month? What day of the week is Thanksgiving?
- Share Thanksgiving traditions. Are there any special foods that your family always has for the holiday? Do you have any other traditions around the holiday (i.e. chopping down a Christmas tree together during Thanksgiving weekend)?
- Some teachers do separate turkey units. If you don't, Thanksgiving is a great time to learn anything and everything about turkeys.
- Prepare and enjoy a few Thanksgiving foods as a class.
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- Are there squirrels that frequent the school grounds? Do students often see squirrels around their homes? Make up stories about and draw pictures of some of these squirrels.
- What type of squirrels live in this area? Learn about the similarities and differences of various types of squirrels. Make sure to watch at least one video of flying squirrel.
- Learn about why squirrels gather and store nuts and acorns.
- Gather your own acorns and make crafts with them.
- Include acorns and various types of nuts in sensory tables and science displays.
- If you make squirrel crafts, don't forget to use cotton balls or another fluffy material for the tails to add dimension and a sensory element.
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- Learn about why we use scarecrows. Do they really work? Why are crows afraid of them? Explain how they aren't actually scary to people.
- If you live in a rural area, find out whether they are any scarecrows on nearby farms. If possible, take a trip to visit one or two of them.
- Learn about one of the most famous scarecrows: the one in The Wizard of Oz.
- Make your own scarecrow. Be creative with the materials that you use.
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