Hooray for Fall! Celebrate October with this awesome bundle with passages, activities, and vocabulary for the month. Students will love the fun activities and you will love the easy no prep planning! Just print-n-teach! These six fall-themed units were designed to complement your October curriculum in social studies and science.
This bundle is made up of 6 mini-units to give you a variety of activities for the month of October.
Students love learning that bats are mammals just like us! But the one thing that makes bats special from all other mammals is that they can fly! After reading about these flying mammals, students can complete the All About Bats Organizer to show what they know.
What fun it is to write a Bat-Shaped Poem. Have students write a descriptive poem about bats. Complete their final drafts on the bats with or without lines. We have provided a sample bat poem. Hang the bats on a bulletin board or flying around the classroom. Hint: use fishing line to hang them from the ceiling to look like they are flying.
All About Bats Organizer a Cut-n-Sort the Facts Activity
- Read the 10 facts about bats.
- Using the passage as a reference to decide which 5 facts are TRUE.
- Cut and paste the facts on the left side of the organizer.
- Answer the three questions on the right side of the organizer.
Let’s talk vocabulary. Vocabulary is an important part of any unit. Students will learn more and retain the new information better if they understand the vocabulary related to the topic. That’s why vocabulary posters and activities are included in most of our units. Plus they make a colorful bulletin board display, too!
Columbus found the island of San Salvador, which we now call the Bahamas. He also went on to explore Cuba and Hispaniola. Over the next few years, he made three more trips and settled lands in both Central and South America. He was one of the best navigators ever to sail the seas during that time. We still celebrate his accomplishments every year on Columbus Day! After reading about this famous explorer, create a Columbus Flip Book. Flip books make a fun activity for centers. There is also a Voyages of Columbus Map Constructed Response Questions (CRQ). Students can use the map and passage to answer the questions about Columbus and his voyages.
Print out the vocabulary posters in color or black and white. Post them on a bulletin board or around the classroom. Make copies of the Spotlight on Vocabulary. Have students write the definition or to write a sentence using the word.
There are two different versions included:
- One has an empty box for students to draw their own illustrations related to the word.
- One has an image for them to color and visualize.
I always love the reaction I get from my class when I tell them that Spiders are NOT insects! Most people think that spiders are insects but they are mistaken since insects have six legs and three main body parts. Most insects also have wings. After reading the passage about these amazing creatures, we have included two hands-on activities for your class to do. The first one is a new twist on an old cut-n-sort the facts activity. In this activity, students must read the 10 statements to decide if it’s a fact or an opinion. There’s also a label the parts of a spider diagram. Students cut out the labels and glue them in the correct places to label the parts of a spider and then color the spider.
Check out these cool vocabulary posters to complement your spider unit!
Owls are birds and come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors. Birds are warm-blooded, have feathers, a beak, and lay eggs. Most birds can fly. The smallest bird is a 2 inch hummingbird that’s the size of a bumblebee. An ostrich is the largest bird that stands over 8 feet tall. Birds have wings with feathers giving them the ability to fly.
After reading about these amazing birds, students build an Owl Mini-Booklet by:
- Write three facts about owls on inside (page 2) of the mini-booklet.
- Color the front cover and cut out the booklet.
- Cut out the 5 stages of the life cycle of an owl.
- Glue the stages in the correct order on the inside of the mini-booklet.
- Fold in half to create a mini-booklet.
Then they can use the passages to complete the Owl Life Cycle Diagram. Using the passage or owl mini-booklet as a reference have students write in steps of an owl’s life cycle. One of my favorite bulletin boards to create every year for our study on owls.
Did you know that pumpkins have been grown in North America for more than 1,000 years? They come in all different colors, shapes and sizes. Some are green, yellow, red, white, blue and there are even multi-colored pumpkins. They can be huge, tiny, flat, short, tall, round, smooth, ribbed, and even bumpy. We use some of these adjectives to describe our pumpkins during our pumpkin science unit. This mini-unit has three interactive activities to accompany your unit. Students will love creating this pumpkin booklet.
There is also an sorting activity to test their knowledge called Fruit or Vegetable? Plus we added in the Life Cycle of a Pumpkin to complete the cycle.
Let’s Celebrate Halloween
Last (of the month) but not least is a mini-unit to learn about the history of Halloween. Then students will Roll and Write a Halloween Story. Three dice are included as well as story template for B-M-E and a rubric for grading purposes. Bonus: We added in a fun writing activity for Grandparent’s Day.
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