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A Football Freebie & 4 Signs of Fall in Kindergarten and First Grade

A Football Freebie & 4 Signs of Fall in Kindergarten and First Grade 1

It’s hard to believe FALL is on its way, but we are already seeing signs of fall!  I always like to be sure that my young learners are noticing the changes that occur each season. I used to do this with my own daughters (who are now both teachers), and to this day, when seasons change, they tell me they remember things we talked about. They, in turn, engage their students in observing the signs of fall.

As we walk inside after recess, I always ask my students to stop a minute beside a fenced-in pond at our school.  We take a few minutes to look for changes in trees, animals, plants, the water, etc.  At this time of year, students notice the color changes of the leaves, the grass turning brown, geese flying south, wooly bear caterpillars, acorns on the ground, squirrels gathering nuts, etc. Sometimes we are lucky enough to catch a frog sitting on a log!

Signs of Fall Mini Books 3 Reading Levels & Illustrated Fall Word Wall Cards

Above you will see a set of Fall Mini books. There are 4 versions to allow you to differentiate.  There is also a version on which students can record their own observations about Fall and illustrate. You can also use a Science Journal for students to record their observations. These observations can also be starting points for science lessons.

Apples are another sign of Fall…

Apples Mini Books - 3 Reading Levels + Illustrated Word Wall

One of our annual Field Trips is to go Apple Picking!  The children love the hayride, hot cider, and donuts almost as much as they love picking apples.  Back in the classroom, I use this set of Apple Mini Books with 3 reading levels plus illustrated vocabulary cards for a word wall or pocket chart.

Apples POWERPOINT -3 Reading Levels + Illustrated Vocab. Slides- Back to School

There are color versions, blackline versions, and versions for students to illustrate to show their comprehension.

Visit my Fall Pinterest Board for links to the following projects.

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Another sign of fall is the start of Football Season! This FREEBIE will help your students master the first 20 Dolch sight words.

Divide players into 2 teams.
Each team has a token/game piece.
Place footballs face down on the designated spot on the game board. The first player picks one football. If the word is read correctly, the player tosses the yardage die or spins the spinner to see how many yards to advance. Begin on “start”.
Play alternates between teams, and a team’s token continues to advance until a touchdown is achieved. Use the scoreboard to keep track of points. If you like this, I have it in editable form in my TPT store.

Pumpkins are another sign of Fall…

Sight Word Football Game with photo of young child in football helmet
Pumpkin Investigation Mini Books: Pumpkin  Activities + Illustrated Word Wall

Pumpkins are definitely a sign of fall! Will you be carving a pumpkin with your class?   Add some investigation activities to integrate math and science! This mini book guides students through observing the properties of pumpkins: color, texture, and size. Math is integrated into the mini books as students estimate, measure, and count seeds.

Teach your students about the Life Cycle of a Pumpkin using the 2 resources below…

Pumpkins Life Cycle Mini Books - 3 Levels + Illustrated Word Wall
Pumpkins Life Cycle PowerPoint -3 Levels + Illustrated Vocabulary Slides

Here are 3 Different Fall Emergent Readers, 40 Fall Poems for Shared Reading, and Differentiated Phonics Blending Wheels.

The 3 Emergent readers have color versions, blackline versions, and versions for students to illustrate their own to show comprehension. There are also illustrated vocabulary cards for a word wall or pocket chart. The Fall poems are a great way to integrated the Fall season into your Shared Reading block. You might also like the Blog Post about Shared Reading.

Fall Min Books 3 Different Books 4 Versions of Each
Fall Activities Poems, Songs and Finger Plays for Autumn Shared Reading
Fall Activities - DIBELS - Onset Rime Build A Word - Word Blending

I have lots of editable games for Fall, too!

These fall themed editable games are a great way to practice sight words, cvc words, letters, phonemes, math facts and more! Use them over and over year after year as you differentiate for as many groups and skills as you need!

Editable Sight Word Games Auto Fill by Typing Once! 12 Fall Themed Activities
Editable Sight Word Game Boards Just Type Items Once!  Fall Theme Set 2
8 Editable Fall Game Boards

You might also like the Blog Post about Shared Reading.

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