In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about fall and autumn.These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Fall topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more.
Classroom Activities for Teaching About Fall
Time of the Season
Have students do a long-term plant study. Learn about different plants in your community, and have each student pick a plant or tree. If possible, take a walk around the school together and have your students sketch or take photographs of a plant. Then have the students revisit the same area and examine their plant during different times of the year. How do the plants change? How do they stay the same? Have children make presentations throughout the year to talk about how their plants adapt to different weather.
Together, explore different harvest holidays that are celebrated around the world, such as Thanksgiving, Diwali, Sukkot, or the Moon Festival. Read books with your class about the different holidays and discuss how they are similar and different. Invite students to share their families’ fall traditions and to research other cultures and how they celebrate the harvest. What foods and recipes are used? Are there any traditional decorations or garments? What rituals are followed during the celebration? Then design and create your own class’ harvest holiday and organize a celebration. You may want to invite family members and friends to share in the harvest.
Family and Homeschool Activities for Teaching About Fall
If possible, take your child to a local farm or a farmers’ market in the fall. Explore different fruits and vegetables that are grown locally. Apples, pumpkins, pears, and squash are common fall crops. Then have your child think about how apples are available in the market all year round. Where does he or she think the apples come from? You may want to visit a grocery store and examine stickers describing the countries of origin on different items. Remind your child that places go through different seasons at different times of the year. This is a good opportunity to discuss “food miles” and geography, and talk about how far things travel to get to our local grocery store. Have students name fruits and vegetables they like to eat, and brainstorm to find ones that are local and seasonal.
During the fall, challenge your child to find as many different leaves as possible. Remind your child not to touch leaves growing on trees, but instead look for them on the ground. How are the leaves alike? How are they different? What different fall colors can he or she find? Help your child make a collage and look up different trees that grow in your community.