It’s time for cooler weather, field trips to the apple orchard, watching football, carving pumpkins, and enjoying the beauty of the changing landscapes. Autumn may bring the return of school and fun holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving, but many other things make this season the best one of all!
I am excited to kick off the fall season with some creative and hands-on resources. After several requests to bundle our Autumn resources, we have finally released the Fall Activities Bundle! Students will love the many activities in this bundle as they learn about spiders, pumpkins, owls, and bats! This resource has 4 separate units rolled into one huge pack with more than 150 pages in all!! These activities are designed to be fun, interactive, and engaging!
This bundle has 4 AWESOME units all rolled into one!
Give a Hoot for Owls
Owls are amazing birds! Did you know that owls are one of the oldest species in existence? Fossils of owls have been found dating back over 60 million years ago. People in countries from all over the world have always had a fascination with owls. Many cultures have made up stories or myths about owls for thousands of years. In this activity pack students will learn all about Barn Owls, Snowy Owls, Life Cycle of an Owl, Body Parts, and how owls help humans.
This unit includes many hands-on activities:
*Mini-booklet all about owls
*Lifecycle of a barn owl
*Fill in the Life Cycle Chart
*Color the facts
*Barn Owl Mini-booklet
*Vocabulary Flip Flaps
Plus students will love meeting two owl characters:
*Meet Hoot (a barn owl)
*Meet Snowy (a snowy owl)
Batty for Bats
Bats are amazing little creatures that are very helpful to people! Bats are mammals just like us! But the one thing that makes bats unique from all other mammals is that they can fly! Students will love learning all about bats with these high-interest informational articles, creative character bats, and fictional bat story. Start off the unit with three fun and factual character bats: Buddy Boo (a mega bat), Berry Boo (a fruit bat), and Bitty Boo (a microbat). Students will love learning about them.
This unit includes many interactive activities for students to learn all about bats:
*Ways bats help people
*A bat flip book
*An Uninvited Guest – a truly batty story
*Life Cycle of a Bat
Pumpkins come in all different shapes, colors, and sizes just perfect for students observation and exploration. In this unit students will predict, explore, and estimate all about their chosen pumpkin. In this unit, they will combine a variety of reading, math skills, and scientific observation skills to learn all about pumpkins. Just in time for Halloween!
Students will love learning all about pumpkins:
*Life Cycle of a Pumpkin
*Parts of a Pumpkin
*Fruit or Vegetable?
*How to Grow a Gigantic Pumpkin
*World’s Largest Pumpkin
*World’s Smallest Pumpkin
*Homemade Pumpkin Treats
*Facts about Pumpkin
*Meet Alexander – a young botanist
*Fruit & Veggie Sort
*Mystery Flaps Activity
Plus there’s a 6-page pumpkin flip book. 6-page pumpkin flip book.
Learning about spiders can be fun! This unit includes informational articles, hands-on activities, and vocabulary posters for those creepy, crawly creatures. This unit focuses on Arachnids, Life Cycle of a Spider, Black Widow Spiders, Wolf Spiders, and Tarantulas. There are lots of hands-on activities and organizers for students to show what they know. This pack can be set up as five fun activities for centers for a week long investigation. This pack includes six vocabulary posters with real-life photographs for students to connect to the information. There are several vocabulary activities included too. These colorful posters make an awesome bulletin board in a snap!
✔Informational Articles About Awesome Arachnids, Black Widows, Wolf Spiders, Tarantulas and Life Cycle of a Spider
✔Black Widows Close Up
✔Spotlight on Wolf Spiders
✔Compare & Contrast All Three Spiders–Cut-n-Sort Activity with Hidden Words
✔Black Widows Fact Wheel
✔Wolf Spider Fact Wheel
✔Tarantulas Fact Wheel
✔Labels the Parts of a Spider
✔All about Spiders Fact or Opinion
✔Life Cycle of a Spider Diagram
✔Spiders Flip Booklet (5-pages)
✔Vocabulary Flip Flaps
✔Spotlight on Vocabulary
✔Spider Vocabulary Posters
How to Use Flip Books as a Learning Tool
Have students complete the flip book and build it page by page. I usually have them do one page at each center or learning station. They can use the articles as a reference source to help them complete the pages of the booklet. Lastly, they cut, color, and assemble the booklet. Flip books can be glued or stapled inside their interactive notebooks, file folder, or a 12 x 18 piece of construction paper folded like a book cover. They could also decorate the outside of the folder with a colorful design of their own.
These units are a super easy way to integrate science standards and literacy skills across the curriculum.
The standards addressed in these units:
- Ask and answer questions to demonstrate the understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
- Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.
- Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 2 topic or subject area.
- Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.
- Summarize the life cycle of animals including birth and developing into an adult.
- Describe how the structures of plants and animals complement the environment of the plant or animal.
- Describe different animal adaptations including camouflage, defense mechanisms, movement, hibernation, and migration.
The best part is you can rest easy knowing that your students will be excited and motivated as they learn about these favorite fall creatures! You might like our Fun Activities for Kids to Celebrate September post.