We can’t believe that back to school season is already here!! There are so many seasonal changes that occur in the fall, so what better topic to cover with your kindergarten, first and second grade students. Fall changes can be such a HUGE topic to teach, so we’ve broken it down into parts that have worked in our classrooms.
Check out the different elements below that are included in this unit, as well as our other seasonal research units. Then, look for a link at the end to grab an exclusive FREEBIE to help grab your students’ attention and get them started with this unit!
Begin the unit by engaging your class with a colorful PowerPoint presentation to introduce the topic.
Easily move into a group discussion after the open-ended question is given on the last slide to give students a chance to demonstrate their knowledge about fall.
Re-visit the PowerPoint throughout the week based on the needs of your class and time frame of your lesson.
Color print, then staple the workbooks together for each student. Trim the edges if time allows to make a smaller booklet that will fit nicely in each pocket.
Students can read for information on the topic then answer comprehension questions related to the topic at the bottom of each page. Students may benefit from working with a partner or small group. For students below level, you may choose to open the document onto a Smart Board and read along with them in a whole group setting.
Use the colorful pictures and text at the beginning of the unit to create beautiful anchor charts that can be displayed in your classroom throughout the unit.
As students move throughout the unit, have students recall facts learned and have them actively participate in creating the anchor chart.
Print, laminate and cut these eye-catching vocabulary words to serve as visuals for students to refer back to throughout the unit.
Hang them on your word wall, classroom door, bulletin boards, or even make students their own copies of the cards to serve as an easy reference.
Interactive Vocabulary Puzzle PiecesVocabulary picture-definition-word puzzle pieces are perfect to use for centers, partner work or even for practice as homework. You can laminate and cut the pieces to use year after year in centers or let the students have their own copies to put into their pocketbook. The students love to manipulate the puzzles and then use the vocabulary cards to check their work!
Vocabulary Flip Books
Students can demonstrate their knowledge of key vocabulary words using the interactive vocabulary flip book.
Give students picture cards, and they can cut, match, and glue onto corresponding outer flaps. Then, students can write the definition/describe the vocabulary words using the lines on the inside of the book.
Graphic organizers and writing paper
Students complete graphic organizer either as an independent activity or whole group to demonstrate their knowledge of the topic, writing multiple key details and facts. Then, students can use the graphic organizers as a reference to create a longer writing piece, consisting of multiple paragraphs.
There are 2 options for handwriting lines to easily differentiate student needs.
Supplemental Pages and Early Finisher Work
Multiple activities are included to supplement the content learned through the student comprehension workbooks and the PowerPoint presentation. Activities can be used for morning work, early finishers, or for homework. Activities include: ABC order, a crossword puzzle, acrostic poem, and word search.
Instructions for creating the pocketbook are included in your download. They are really easy to make! All you need is a binding machine (most schools already have one), binding combs and construction paper. I use the binding machine below. Its inexpensive and works great! It even comes with a few free binding combs.
–> Binding Machine
–> Binding Combs
Thanks for checking out all of the different elements that are included in our pocketbooks!!! We know your students will LOVE them as much as ours have!!!
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All 4 seasons are currently available in print or digital formats! You may also like to incorporate digital task cards for each season on Boom Learning!