Key Takeaways

  • October is a very exciting time in the classroom, but it's also a very busy time of year for teachers.
  • Thematic teaching allows teachers to tie content-area lessons together to increase student engagement.
  • Scholastic Teachables offers thematic teaching packs that reduce planning time, make teachers' lives easier, and increase students' focus.
  • October is an exciting time of year in the classroom—with the leaves changing, pumpkin patches popping up left and right, and Halloween capping off the month, it's important to tap into students' excitement and use it to fuel learning.

    One way to engage students in all things fall is to tie your content-area lessons together with thematic teaching. But to do this effectively, it's important to have a variety of tools and materials at the ready. (Bonus: you'll also make your life easier by cutting down on planning time!)

    Scholastic Teachables provides teachers with easy-to-grab-and-go materials that students love, including monthly packs for three distinct grade bands. These thematic teaching tools—including mini-books, activity pages, and a send-home activities calendar—help students focus and be engaged in learning. 

    With more than 30 pages of curated activities for thematic teaching in October, each of these packs is specifically designed to support whole-class lessons, small-group teaching, independent work, and family engagement. In other words, everything you need for teaching with October themes and holidays.

    The grades PreK–K pack includes sing-along songs, transition activities, riddle poems, mini-books, counting and numbers practice, and early writing activities.

    The grades 1–2 pack includes holiday teaching pages, a mini-play, daily writing prompts, poetry frames, and math practice pages.

    The grades 3–4 pack includes holiday teaching pages, daily writing prompts, Halloween literacy lesson ideas, word problems, and a hands-on math exploration of dimensional figures.

    Scholastic Teachables makes it easy for teachers to engage students with fun and enriching activities during any season. But most importantly, it saves teachers time when they need it most. These monthly packs are free to subscribers of Scholastic Teachables or are available for individual purchase. Log in or subscribe today to have all the thematic teaching tools you need right at your fingertips to make October fun and engaging for your students.