October = Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pie, pumpkin...everything.
It also means that we hit the ground running with holidays from here till the end of the year - which means....MORE PLANNING.
When you're up to your ears in data collecting, CCSS, parent-teacher conferences, report cards...who has time to plan extra holiday-themed activities? Oh yeah, and can you make those holiday activities align with your curriculum, please?
If you ask me October = time to run around like chickens with our heads cut off (and I'm not even talking about the students ;) )
So, here's what I want you to do. I want you to take a huge sigh of relief, because I've gotcha covered. I am sharing with you resources that you can use this month to help you keep your sanity and give you extra time to worry about the important things - like who sells a better pumpkin spice latte: Dunkin or Starbucks?
So - I'm gonna make this really easy for you. Simply click on the picture of the activity you'd like to see more details on. You'll be happy to find that many of the resources are free :)
Finally - I want to share with you my favorite activity that I did with students during the fall!
Fun with pumpkins!
Now, I know it's daring (and messy) to let your students dive into the ooey-gooey pumpkin guts, BUT, it's also a great way to let your students really practice some science skills. And, I PROMISE you they will be engaged :)
Students read a quick article about the history of pumpkin carving (throwin' in a little social studies for ya!) Then, they weigh, measure, and observe important properties of the pumpkin before diving in!
If you're nervous about letting your students doing the cutting, then you can always pre-cut the tops of each pumpkin off to eliminate that step all together. However, many craft stores do sell kid-safe carving tools.
Once they get inside the pumpkin they record information about the seeds and other questions about pumpkins...after washing their hands of course!
They then would complete their activity by writing a story about going to a pumpkin patch. My students always had a blast with it. You can find all the details here.
And - one last thing. I've put together a FREE easy-to-use planning guide to help you fill up your Halloween/Fall Themed parties with interactive, standard-driven activities to make Halloween (which falls on a Monday this year), a little less painful. You can grab that guide here:
Oh, and if you really want to get ahead of the game, snag my Thanksgiving and Christmas planning guides, too! It never hurts to get a head start!
There you have it! Now get planning :)
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