The Leaves Are Changing Colors

The Leaves Are Changing Colors

Fall is in the Air

: Designecologist from Pexels

Teach/Review the 4 Seasons and how a cycle works

Possible circle/center concepts:

  • All About School
  • All About Me
    • My Five Senses
    • My Body
    • My Family (National Grandparent’s Day is the first Sunday after Labor Day)
  • Apples
  • Leaves
  • Pumpkins
  • Owls
  • Spiders
  • Bats
  • weather
    • what kind of weather do we have in the fall?
    • is the weather the same here during fall as it is somewhere else?
    • what do we wear in the fall?
    • what are some fall activities we enjoy?

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  • Self portraits
  • Brush Painting (hair brush, comb, pick, toothbrush)
  • Spice Painting – Add spices or safe essential oils to paint that are associated with the season (cinnamon, clove, allspice…etc)
  • Apple Portraits (have apples for students to observe and then paint their interpretation
  • Pumpkin Portraits (same process as apple portrait)
  • Apple Prints (cut open apples and use them as stamps I paint) *be sensitive to demographics of students and children who may not have adequate food in their homes*
  • Pumpkin Prints (use leftovers from pumpkin discovery for printing with)
  • Family Portraits
  • Gourd Measuring Activity (with math/unifix cubes)
  • How tall am I?
    • Measure students.
    • Cut pieces of yarn to represent the length measured.
    • Have students connect unifix cubes equal to the length of the yarn.
    • Document class heights on a physical graph so children can see the differences and similarities. (Hold onto, take pictures or make copies of documents & activities to remeasure at the end of the school year for observation of how much everyone has grown).
  • Leaf Graphing
  • Pumpkin Pie Number Sense (early intro to fractions)
  • “Bath time” (water table with soapy water, wash cloths and water-safe baby dolls)
  • “Washing Dishes” (water table, soapy water, sponges, pretend dishes)
  • Stereotypical “Grandma”  Sensory Bin (yarn, looms, fabric scraps, crochet and knitting hooks)
  • Stereotypical “Grandpa” Sensory Bin (artificial grass, golf balls, golf tees, fishing poles)
  • Apple Discovery/Observation (compare apples of various colors – green, red, yellow, weigh and measure, sink or float, cut into and compare – skin, fruit and seeds, taste test…take it further and provide applesauce and apple juice)
  • Fall sensory bin (fake/fabric leaves, real or decorative acorns, real or decorative corn and husks)
  • Spider Island (see my post here for more details)
  • Leaf Rubbings
  • Pumpkin discovery
  • Add spices or safe essential oils to playdoh or sand that are associated with the season (cinnamon, clove, allspice…etc)
  • Why Do Leaves Change Colors?
  • Dancing corn
  • Dictate & Doodle – ask child how to “Bake an apple/pumpkin pie,” “cook a turkey,” “carve a pumpkin,” etc. One you’ve written their response, have them draw or paint a picture about it.
  • Put together an About Me booklet – pre-write each child’s name using a highlighter for fluid tracing, trace child’s hand size, provide section for height and weight of child (I always brought a tape measure & scale from home. It’s fun to compare at the end of the year to see how much they’ve grown), insert a generic/basic clipart of a blank face for child to draw/color in their hair and eye color.
  • This is My Family – ask child to tell you about the people in their family. Once dictation is complete, allow the to draw a picture of those people.
  • Baby dolls
  • House Cleaning (dusters, brooms, dust pan, spray bottles…)
  • Laundry Day (laundry basket, clothing, pretend bottles of laundry detergent and softener or empty and glued shut bottles…)
  • Mommy’s Purse & Daddy’s Wallet (purses, wallets, pretend cell phones, pretend money, pretend credit cards – I use old gift cards…
  • Visit the Pumpkin Patch (use real or fake pumpkins, gourds, leaves and hay. Add wagons, reusable bags, scales)
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes
  • Raking leaves
  • Pumpkin Patch (faith-based) by Mary Rice Hopkins
  • Various pumpkin songs & poems
  • Go outside on a leaf hunt (use collected leaves for graphing later with students)
Morning Activities (drop off)Find Name (practice writing it). Sign in
Free Play activities
Morning CircleJobs
Introduce/go over Letter and Number of the week
Book – 
Song –  10 Little Pumpkins
Math Chart – Leaf Graph
ArtPumpkin Portraits
BlocksOrange Blocks w/ woodland animals
Dramatic PlayPumpkin Patch
ManipulativesFall Button Tree Quiet Bins
WritingJournal – Dictate & Do
SensoryFall sensory bin
MathMeasure pumpkins w/ unifix cubes

**Not all of the activities in this thematic unit are my own but have been adopted and/or adapted from activities found online (via Google and/or Pinterest) and ECE teacher seminars**

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