Fall is one of my favorite times of the year! And I love to share the season with my students. We don’t get many leaves changing color in our part of California so I bring that to my students. It is critical. We need to experience the world as large and amazing as it is, there is no way our students can know it all with out us teachers bringing experiences to them. I like to bring in realia and artifacts- leaves of different colors, watching clips of leaves falling in parks with squirrels collecting acorns and food, bringing in local harvested foods and discussions on what a scarecrow is and does is so powerful. Whether for my English learners or my English only students, it is powerful!
Students need to do more than see and experience fall though, they also need to write about it. Giving students the ability to practice writing with tracing, word banks and all the verbal practice gives students the power and ability to write their words. Drawing lets students who need to draw it out first to organize their ideas do so, or feel confident to show their learning in a different way.
I created writing pages to go along with my fall readers and reading experiences. They can be stand alone as well to go with the fall experiences, stories, video clips, art activities and others that you provide live on virtually. These pages can be found on my TpT site for $1. That’s it- 8 pages for $1 to give your early learner the power of writing down their fall learning and experiences. What a cute personal book this would be for your students! It can be a journal, a morning writing, a center activity, a closing assessment for a fall unit, a memory book and word book to help students practice their fluency. So many options for you Kinder and 1st graders! Check it out here !
Enjoy fall and all of its experiences my friends-