Autumn Celebrations at The Holiday Zone

| Apples, Apples, Apples | Apple Graphing |
Fall Walk | Leaf Comparison | Leaf Match-Ups | Seasons |
Leaf Bordered Ruled Paper (PDF Version) | Writing Prompts

Language Activities for Fall

Apples, Apples, Apples

People often associate apples with fall, perhaps because most apples are harvested in the fall. As a class, brainstorm a list of items commonly made from apples -- from apple pie to apple cider vinegar. Ask each student to describe his or her favorite apple product.

Consider extending this activity by having children read or listen follow directions to make crock-pot apple sauce, then write about the process.
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Apples Graphing

Bring three to four varieties of apples into the classroom. Place them on a table and assign each variety a number. Ask students to look at them carefully, then write one or two sentences describing the appearance of each one. Encourage them to share their descriptions with the class. Then, brainstorm a list of words that could describe the appearance of apples (colorful, shiny, red, green, pretty, etc.) Have students vote on which apple they think looks the best and graph results.

Next, cut the apples, and offer each child a bite of each variety. As they're sampling, ask them to name words that describe the taste/texture of the apples. Once all the samples have been eaten, direct them to rank the apples from favorite to least favorite. Make bar graphs showing the favorite and least favorite varities in the class. Compare results of taste test to the results of vote on appearances.

For added variety, select a small group of children (3-5) to participate in a blind taste test, chart the results, and compare the two tests. Were the results of the two taste tests the same? 
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Fall Walk

Plan a walk through the neighborhood to look for signs of fall. As you take students out, ask them to look for clues of the season--cooler weather, falling leaves, squirrels hiding nuts, fall colors or decorations in yards and on houses, produce for sale,  sounds of people walking on dry leaves, etc.

Upon return to the classroom, divide students into groups of four to six students. Ask each group to make a list of all the signs of fall its members saw on the walk.

As a class, compare lists. What were the most common signs? the least common?

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Leaf Comparison

Draw a large Venn diagram on the board, and use it to compare/contrast two different types of leaves. Older students may compare leaves with pine needles or deciduous and evergreen trees.

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Leaf Match-Up
leaf patternCopy the leaf design on right onto colored paper. Cut out leaves. On half of the leaves, paste pictures. On the remaining leaves, write initial consonant sounds. (One sound should correspond to each picture.) Laminate.

Place leaves in a folder. On the back of the folder, paste reduced copies of pictures. Next to each, write the initial consonant sound.

Children can take turns matching pictures to sounds, then checking their work using the back of the folder. For added challenge, children can place all leaves face down. Sounds and corresponding pictures must then be matched as in the game Memory.

As a variation, program leaves with pictures of rhyming words.

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Ask students to close their eyes and think of an autumn day. What are some of the sights, sounds, and smells they associate with autumn? How is autumn like the other seasons? How is it different?

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