Most students love fall, so it is easy to get them excited about pumpkins, scarecrows, and other autumn themes. These simple fall classroom activities include easy-to-use creative writing prompts, hands-on projects, and fun ideas for a classroom. Best of all, they are simple for the teacher to prepare which is critical during the busy fall season!
Catching Kindness Bulletin Board
Decorate a large bulletin board with a tree trunk and branches. Label it “Kindness is Falling Everywhere.”
Cut out medium sized leaves in red, yellow, and orange. Challenge students to look for acts of kindness by their classmates throughout the day. At a set time each day (or once in the morning and once in the afternoon), have students share when they saw an act of kindness. The student then writes the kind person’s name on a leaf and gives it to him/her. The student caught being kind can add the leaf to the tree. The teacher can also be on the lookout for kindness to make sure all students have the opportunity to be “caught” being kind.
Dress Like a Scarecrow Race
For some Friday afternoon fun, put the children into teams for a scarecrow race.
Provide the necessary props to create a scarecrow (clothes, straw, hat, etc.) and have students race to dress their scarecrow (one of the students in their group) before the other groups. Switch props among the groups and dress a different student to see if it makes a difference which group wins!
See more ideas here: Scarecrow Learning Activities
October Writing Prompts
- A Perfect Fall Weekend
- October is for Outdoors!
- The Disappearing Scarecrow
- A Surprise in the Leaf Pile
- Football is Fabulous!
Pumpkin Writing Prompts
- Invasion of the Pumpkin People
- The Pumpkin Pie Caper
- My Prize Winning Pumpkin Patch
- The Year of the Polka Dot Pumpkin
- Too Many Pumpkins!
See more pumpkin-themed ideas here: Pumpkin Activities
Scarecrow Writing Prompts
If you are looking for fun writing prompts for a literacy center, check out my Scarecrow Writing Prompts!
Create an October Word Search
As a class, brainstorm a list of October themed words and record them on the board or a large piece of chart paper. Provide pairs of students with appropriate sized graph paper and challenge them to create a word search. Make copies of each word search and make them available for students to do during downtime or indoor recess.
Fall Literacy and Math Pack
If you are looking for a big variety of ready to use fall-themed ideas, check out my Fall Literacy and Math Pack! It is filled with 30+ activities that are perfect for younger learners!