I’m actually sitting here laughing at myself, because I started this blog post a couple of months ago. When I went searching for it, I couldn’t find it. That’s because I never finished it. 😀 Since then I’ve finished several new projects. So yes, I’m a little behind in blogging. So here are some new fall kindergarten and first grade activities as well as some goodies from years past.
Fall Color by Code Glyphs
I talked about how I came up with meshing color by code and glyphs in an earlier post about Back to School activities. You can read about that here. Kids really enjoy color by code and glyphs, so it stands to reason that they’d love color by code glyphs. As a stand alone they have value because the kids are learning stamina/focus/sticking to an activity, listening, oral comprehension, fine motor skills and if you discuss the results they learn to discuss, analyze, gather and possibly record data.
To further increase the value of the Color by Code Glyphs, I added a skill from the grade level curriculum as well as cards to be used as visual cues for those who need some additional help.
The Fall Color by Code Glyphs are a fun way to practice or review skills. Perfect for Fall themes.
Kindergarten Fall Color by Code Glyphs skills are capital letters A-G, lowercase letters a-f, and numbers 0-8.
1st grade skills are short a words, numbers to 118, adding to 8.
*This notation on the preview is asking if your students can easily transition from horizontal to vertical. They would need to be able to do so to use the visual cue cards.
I’ve also created Halloween and Thanksgiving Color by Code Glyphs for both Kindergarten and First Grade.
Halloween Color by Code Glyphs
Thanksgiving Color by Code Glyphs
K-2 Fall Glyphs
This is the most popular product in my store. These glyphs can be easy enough for kindergarteners, or throw in the tally marks skill and it ramps up to first or second grade level. It’s simple prep for teachers and the kids love them.
Candy Corn Puzzles: Composing and Decomposing Numbers to 10
Years ago, I created Candy Corn Puzzles. (Earlier post here) An activity to engage students in composing and decomposing numbers to 10. The challenge is to see how many puzzles they can complete. The fun part is they get to use real candy corn as manipulatives to help them complete the puzzles. This activity has been a best seller in my store. Click below to grab one for your class. A great fall activity for early finishers, morning work, small groups and math centers.
Pumpkin Number Puzzles: Decomposing and Composing Numbers to 18
Fast forward to Pumpkin Number Puzzles. The sequel to Candy Corn Puzzles. Pumpkin Number Puzzles also engage students in decomposing and composing numbers, but the skill level has been stepped up a notch. The puzzles use 3 numbers and the numbers go to 18. And if you’re lucky enough to find those pumpkin candies to use for manipulatives … BINGO! You have the attention of your kiddos. They’ll want to try their hand at seeing how many puzzles they can complete, especially if there’s a chance they might get a taste of some of that sugar! 😀 They start out easy with number 3 and there’s two puzzles for each number advancing to number 18 for a total of 32 puzzles. Students record their answers on the response page and write the number sentence to match. Great for Fall, Halloween or Thanksgiving themes.
Scarecrow Craft Activity
This is a fun scarecrow activity that would be simple enough for a Fall Center or Station. Grab this free hat pattern and along with a few of your own supplies and you’ll be ready for your students to turn out some cute scarecrows. Throw in your own imagination and some other embellishments for the kids to make them their own and they will be one of a kind!
Hint! Save yourself some cutting and time and cut those strips of hair wider. They’re cuter, too! The sunflowers came from my crafting supplies. The cheeks were punched using craft punches. You could probably even use blush/brush for the cheeks. The kids would LOVE that! 😀
Fall in Love With Learning Bulletin Board
One of my things is I hate waste. I do throw things away, but I’d rather give things that are still good to others rather than throw them away. The reason I’m saying this is because that is the whole premise for this fall bulletin board, but you wouldn’t know it.
My TA cut out all these fall leaves for a homecoming float and then they didn’t use them all. So I had a gallon bag full of fall leaves to use. The tree trunk was one that I’d used before for an apple tree bulletin board (so cute, see it here) so I just needed to staple all the leaves on. That took a minute. Then it took another minute for me to come up with that caption, but I love how it turned out. And back then I wasn’t so into photographing, so you’ll have to excuse the photography. 🙂
Math Counting Center Activity
Another old picture I found of a fall math center activity. Simple to make. Just glue an Ellison tree cut out to a sheet of construction paper and label with a number. Add fall leaves for students to use for counting and voila. A center activity! You can buy the flat leaves in a pack in the craft dept.
You really get students to engage when you keep the activities and materials that you use varied like this. Most, but not all, love it when it’s something new and different.
I’ve probably said this 100 times before, but fall is my favorite time of year. So I’m sure that I’ll have more activities to add to this page later.
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