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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

How to Celebrate Fall in your Classroom

Do you love the fall season? Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. I love all the apples,
pumpkins, sweater weather and the amazing smells in the air. This is also one of my favorite times
of the year in my classroom. There are so many great activities for the students to partake in.
What are some of your favorite things for your students to do in the fall? Today we are going to talk
about a few things that you can do with your students during this wonderful season. So sit back and
have fun making a list of all the things you want to do with your students this fall!

   The first thing that I love to have my students do in the fall is all different types of fall writing.
I love letting my students be creative with their writing. I do this in addition to our normal
writer’s workshop time. This is an opportunity for them to just have fun writing about fall.  They love
getting to create their own stories and just have a good time doing it. 

   The next thing that I love to do in the fall is pumpkin investigations. I use the book
How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin and the kids explore different things about the pumpkins. I usually
have them get into groups and then I assign them different sized pumpkins to investigate.
They are always so surprised by what they find out about the different sized pumpkins. It is also
great to have the kids do some close reading with the book as well. This is always one of the
kids’ favorite things about fall and I love watching the light bulbs go off in each of them. 

   Number three on my list of favorite fall holiday things is holiday crafts. The kids love doing crafts
that also incorporate math and reading. Why not make the usual math, and reading a little more
fun with different crafts. Most of the time the kids don’t even realize that they are reinforcing their
math and reading skills with fun crafts for the season. And an extra bonus, it helps you decorate
your classroom for Autumn. I love seeing the kids work up around the classroom. 

   The fourth thing on my list of favorite fall things in the classroom is holiday writing. I love to use
holiday writing crafts to go along with our writer’s workshop for the fall months. Using these
writing activities help to break things up around the holidays. So often there are random days and
weeks off around all the holidays. So by doing writing crafts, we are able to keep up with all of the
days off and still have fun during this crazy time of year. 

   One of my next favorite things to do during the fall is a Random Acts of Kindness Activity. This really
helps the kids remember what this time of year is all about. I love to post the random acts on leaves
on a garland at the front of the room. Each day during our morning meeting we turn over the random
act and the kids try to complete it by the end of the day. Then at the end of the day, I have them write
in a journal about what they experienced by doing the random act of kindness. I love seeing the
kid’s reflections about what they did. 

   The final thing on my list of favorite fall activities is fall books. One of my favorite ways to celebrate
fall is with books. There are so many great picture books out there that you can use in your classroom.
Some of them are great to just read and enjoy the love of reading a good book and some are great
to incorporate into a lesson. There are so many different ways to use great books. And the holidays
are my favorite time of year to incorporate books into my lessons. 

   Did you find some new ways to celebrate fall in your classroom? What are you going to take back
to your classroom this year? I hope you all have a great fall and I look forward to hearing how you are
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