Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher: Time for Fall Fun!

Time for Fall Fun!

I have been on fall break for the past 2 weeks! I was was so blessed to be able to spend one of those weeks at an all inclusive resort on the beach in Cabo San Lucas with my family! We road horses on the beach, parasailed, snorkeled, swam with dolphins and relaxed by the pool. It was pretty warm and didn't feel anything like fall! I was excited when I got back to Phoenix and discovered that fall has come! And it made planning some fun fall activities for my classroom so much more fun! Are you ready to see what I have up my sleeve for the rest of October?!

Some of you may remember THIS post from January about my Reading Superbowl. The kids had a blast and I was very pleased by the amount of reading my entire class did during this week. Which got me thinking...I have a sports themed room...kids love some competition...I love when they get excited to read...and the World Series is right around the corner!!! Yes! We must have a Reading World Series! So I got to work and made some things...

How it works:
The class World Series lasts for 9 days (each day is a new inning in your game). You will set a nightly reading goal. This goal depends on your grade level and class needs. I recommend 15 or 30 minutes. Split your class into 2 teams. During this time, students take home a reading ticket. On the ticket, they record the minutes that they read that night. (I have also included reading tickets that require the students to summarize what they read.) The next day students will receive a base hit for every 30 minutes that they read. Each team will have their own field (that you attach to the white board) and throughout the 9 days they will move their players around the bases and keep track of the team score on the scoreboard. At the end of the game, the team with the highest score can win a celebration!

You can buy the entire kit to have your own Reading World Series HERE in my TpT store. I am so excited to get this started! 

But the fall fun doesn't stop there! My school does a literature parade every year. Students get to dress up as their favorite book character and we parade through all the classrooms. The kids love it. So do I! After the parade, we usually have some sort of fall harvest party. However, I really get sick of the traditional classroom parties that always involve a lot of sugar. So I planned some fun (and food!) that I think will be fun, unique AND educational! Win!

First we will be making pumpkin bread in class while practicing measurements, reading comprehension, sequencing, adjectives and following directions!

First, I will have students read the recipe and answer comprehension questions. 

Next, I have students use the recipe to put the sequencing cards in the correct order and record their answers. This is done in their reading groups as a literacy center.

Then, we will make the bread in our classroom!!! Students will help with the measuring and following the directions. While the bread is cooking I will have students record as many adjectives as they can about how the bread smells. Once the bread is ready to eat, they can finish with adjectives about the looks, feel and taste!

Finally, my students do some pumpkin writing. I have included a transition word poster, several planners and writing paper. You may want to have your kids write about how to carve a pumpkin or how they think you would make a pumpkin pie. Or have them write a personal narrative about making pumpkin bread at school to share with their parents. I also included blank writing paper if you have a different prompt in mind. 

My room is going to smell SOOOO yummy! (And it is quite a bit healthier than cupcakes and cookies!) You can pick up this kit HERE in my TpT store.

And now it will be time for some science in my classroom. I really want to begin teaching my students about the steps in the scientific process. We have a school science fair in the spring and think that third graders need a lot of reenforcement in order to make that activity meaningful. So my class will be doing a pumpkin seed experiment! The question is "Do large pumpkins have more seeds than small pumpkins?"

 I made some cute posters with each step in the scientific process.
 I included some informational text about pumpkins and a graph to do a class survey when you are doing the research step. And I also included a booklet for the students to record each step of the experiment.

You can pick up this cute activity HERE in my TpT store.

At the end of the day, my kids will have learned a lot, had tons of fun AND only eaten a piece of homemade pumpkin bread. Now that is an awesome classroom party!

What do you do to celebrate fall/Halloween in your classroom?