Friday, October 18, 2013

Falling for Fall! (F, 3, Octagon)

Our theme this week was "Falling for Fall" and we focused on the letter Ff, the number 3 and the shape octagon.

We read this week: Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson
                               The Frog Prince (Classic Fairy Tale)
                               The Frog Prince Continued by Jon Scieszka
                               One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
                               Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban

Our question of the week was "What is one reason you like the Fall?"

theme of the week, we talked about and did activities that highlight some seasonal changes that happen in the fall.

We made a fall themed tree using paint and Q-tips. I like to let my kids create their own art. so they even made their own tree trunks! (great cutting practice!!) I saw this done on this page.

We made fall wreaths with fall colors. We used orange tissue paper, red and brown construction paper and yellow feathers. This project let us talk about why we associate the colors with the season.

We had fun collecting leaves from all around outside and then sorted them by size, and then by color.

Using those leaves that we collected, we then made leaf rubbings!

I made a new mural for our library center and the kids made acorns! I drew the outline of the acorn on brown construction paper. Then they glued torn up brown paper bags fro the "cap" and we glued on oatmeal for the bottom.

We talked a lot this week about the shape octagon. I couldn't find a song that I really liked, so I wrote my own modeled on the ones that we've already done..
"This is an octagon, this is an octagon,
How can you tell? How can you tell?
It had 8 sides,
And looks like a stop sign, 
It's an octagon, it's an octagon."

The kids practiced recognizing octagons.

When we worked on our number activities, we practiced writing the number and word for the number.

I made these worksheets that reinforces the one to one concept. They kids practice writing the number and have to color a square for each picture that they see.

For our letter activities, we used our handwriting sheet for the letter F,  and the sheet that helps work on letter recognition, both are from books that are mentioned in the "All About Me" post. The students also wrote in their journals for the letter F.
We went "fishing for F's". On cutouts of fish I wrote letters A-F. I put a paperclip on each fish and the kids used a fishing pole with a magnet on the end to catch a fish! They had to name the letter they got. If it was and F, they got to keep it, and if it was a different letter they had to "throw it back in".

We danced the Hokey Pokey, pretending that we were foxes (bushy tails, pointy ears, paws) Love it!

We turned F's into Fish.

For our alphabet wall we made fish that we finger painted.

And with the F addition, our wall now looks like...
I didn't realize until now that my little  pond looks a little bit like Texas...

We got into a competition with the older class for who could think of more words.. by the end of the week both classes tied! It was an awesome job done by both classes. Our list for words beginning with F's was awesome. Here it is!

Up next week: The letter Gg, the number 4, hexagon and "Creepy Crawlies".


  1. Great fall activities! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Thanks for visiting the page! I'm glad you like it!