Autumn-themed lessons, activities, and classroom resources that cover a variety of subjects and appeal to different learning styles
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
Science and language arts activities, from comparing and contrasting seasons to identifying the characteristics of a flower.
Illustrate an apple tree's growth by having students work as a team to create a display about the four seasons.
Children compare problem-solving strategies used in Clifford stories and celebrate one of the brilliant colors of autumn: orange.
Observe the different shapes, sizes, and vein patterns of leaves by using finger paints and leaf prints.
Explore leaves through exercising estimation skills, expanding leaf-themed vocabulary, and moving like a falling leaf.
Children go on a short rainy day walk while developing their observational skills and exercising creative movement.
After a nature walk to gather leaves, students and their families take a closer look at them through five fun activities.
These fun learning activities about trees incorporate language arts, math, and science.
In this lesson plan for the picture book by Lois Lenski, students will learn about autumn and different objects and events associated with this special season.
In this brilliantly hued celebration of fall fun, two brothers enjoy everybody's favorite autumn activities: chasing leaves through the air, stomping on them, raking them into piles, and jumping in!
In the Leaves, as well as Huy Voun Lee's other books, is a wonderful way to introduce students to Chinese characters.
Combine real-world math skills with information about harvests by using raw data provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Activities and Crafts
Fun fall activities for your classroom, such as hosting a math-and-science pumpkin party and keeping a tree journal.
Teachers share their pumpkin ideas, root word activities, testing tricks, art projects and more
Boost social and academic skills by setting up these back-to-school centers.
Hit the great outdoors with your students, where they can gather materials such as leaves, grass, and twigs, from which they'll love creating animal shapes.
Celebrate the beauty of fall by creating the wax leaves together with your students, then hang them on your classroom windows.
Students explore fall leaf shapes and colors –- even a poem about leaves –- while making this craft.
In this project, students create a display of the stages of a pumpkin’s growth.
Students will use crayons and paint to create side-by-side impressions of fall leaves.
Bring out the coffee filters and markers to create a twist on autumn leaf projects.
1 handy template + a handful of multi-colored beans = a fun and easy pumpkin project kids will love!
As you consider upcoming fall celebrations, I would like to remind you about National Mole Day. It is recognized every October 23rd from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m. to commemorate Amedeo Avogadro’s number (6.02 X 10^23), which is an international measuring unit in chemistry and/or moles (a scientific mole is a very large number used to count very small things, like atoms and molecules).
Host a multicultural Thanksgiving by learning about other countries' harvest celebrations.
Books with striking illustrations, early reader favorites, the best tales in the West, and — of course — a few spooky stories.
These autumn-themed poems including "The Leaves," "The Leaves Are Green," and "Autumn Leaves" are the perfect complement to any lesson on the season.
Browse this book list for holiday reference books, activity books, how-to books on crafts, and discussion starters.
Celebrate pumpkins, fall foliage, and the harvest with music, science, and art lesson plans!
These cross-curricular activities help students develop key skills by studying one of this season's most celebrated crops.
Survival Guides for Teachers
Whether you're experiencing twinges of excitement or pangs of anxiety about your first days of school, the September edition of the New Teacher Survival Guide will lead the way to a smooth start.
Student behavior problems and classroom disruptions are among a new teacher's most difficult challenges. The October New Teacher Survival Guide explains how you can turn around some of your toughest problems and keep the day running smoothly.
November brings many more "firsts" for new teachers — your first observation, your first round of report-card writing, and your first full slate of parent-teacher conferences. The November New Teacher Survival Guide offers insight on how to get through it all with flying colors.