Fall is in the Air
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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)
- 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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- Science & Sensory
- Dramatic Play
- Music & Movement
- Sample Single Day Lesson Plan
- 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.
- Fall Button Tree Quiet Bins
- Leaf cutting tray
- Hammer golf tees into apples
- Hammer golf tees into pumpkins
- Emotion Play-doh mats
- 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
Introduce/go over Letter and Number of the week
Song – 10 Little Pumpkins
Math Chart – Leaf Graph
|Blocks||Orange Blocks w/ woodland animals|
|Dramatic Play||Pumpkin Patch|
|Manipulatives||Fall Button Tree Quiet Bins|
|Writing||Journal – Dictate & Do|
|Sensory||Fall sensory bin|
|Math||Measure 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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Let’s talk about it. What would you add to this unit?