Key Takeaways:

  • The first few months of the school year are full of opportunities to get your students to fall in love with science using autumn-themed interactive science activities.
  • From butterfly life cycles to the cycles of the moon and falling leaves to fall weather, Scholastic Teachables has everything you need to teach your students key science topics in a fun, engaging way.
  • Hands-on activities and real-world connections help your students find deeper understanding and an increased love of learning.

Fall is full of changes, as students transition back into school routines and weather patterns shift. The changing natural world can be a catalyst for student learning with lessons on seasonal topics. These three Scholastic Teachables fall science units — all under $5 — save you planning time and will help you engage students with lessons on key concepts like life cycles, weather changes, plant-based food sources, and hibernation.

Try these budget-friendly grab-and-go fall-themed science units for learners in grades K–3. Each unit includes more than 25 pages of content-area vocabulary, hands-on activities with step-by-step instructions, reproducibles, extension ideas, and take-home materials to promote learning beyond the classroom.

Kick off fall science with Discover Butterflies/Moon Watch. Fall is all about changes, and this unit focuses on two specific cycles of change—monarch butterfly life cycles and the phases of the moon. In both units, kids will observe and log changes over time and use their observations to gain a better understanding of the world around them.

Falling Leaves/Degrees of Weather invites students to explore how and why deciduous trees’ leaves change and how to measure changing weather. Hands-on activities include collecting, comparing and contrasting, and categorizing leaves and creating a daily temperature graph and interpreting the data.

Late fall themes include Harvest Time/Bears in Winter—two units perfect for the shorter, colder days of November. Pumpkins, cranberries, and other fall favorites provide tasty opportunities to learn about math (estimation, measurement, and weight) and science (observation and germination). Then kids burrow into research on bears to learn about winter survival and hibernation, including a first-hand exploration of heart rate changes.

Get these units today in the Scholastic Teachables Digital Downloads shop and explore our other thematic and skill packs, including other science packs and Differentiation Packs for reaching all of your learners!

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