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With all the changing colors of the leaves in both Katie's home state of Michigan, it got us thinking about studying the four seasons. We hope you like the activities we're rounded up, with a focus on autumn when possible. We've also added links to weather activites because learning about the seasons often goes hand in hand with talking about the different kinds of weather each one has.
Using a Venn Diagram is one of the easiest ways to compare and contrast many topics, including the different seasons!
For learners not ready for a diagram, we really like the seasonal sorts that Tired, Need Sleep did using clip art she found. Visit her blog for a link to that resource and
the one for this seasonal clothing sort they also did. Both are a great way to compare and contrast the four seasons and make what can be an abstract concept more concrete to for young minds.
Growing and Learning by Leaps and Bounds recently shared their nature Fall Discover Box. The contents can be used to sort, examine with a magnifying glass, and count.
That's where we also found a link to this great autumn table, originally from Isaacjklm's Blog. We love all the seasonal activities featured in the post. While you're there don't forget to check out their bean filled leaf art project and their tactile L is for Leaf project. They used crushed up leaves to make a textured L and l.
Play simple games with the printable gameboards: There are many different versions, here are some that are seasonally appropriate Autumn, Halloween, Pumpkin Patch, and Scarecrow. There are many different ways you could adapt these for any skill set you want to practice. Print out a board and then multiple copies to make your calling cards. For example the Pumpkin Patch features two main illustrations. Land on a pumpkin picture on the board, draw a card from the pumpkin stack. Answer the question on it, make all the pumpkin cards feature one content area like simple addition problems. Answer the question correctly you get to stay where you are. A wrong answer means going back to your last spot on the board.
Work together as a famiy to write a "Fall is" poem celebrating the unique characteristics of the season.
Weather or Not Seasons Change is a kindergarten lesson for your review.
The Changing Seasons, a lesson for 1st graders.
Scholastic has put together a lesson to explore vocabulary related to the changing seasons (Grades K-1)
Garden Activities in Four Seasons
The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons
Circle of Seasons by Gerda Muller
Around the Year by Tasha Tudor
Peepers, a children's picture book by Eve Bunting, is about two boys who come to appreciate the beauties of nature in the fall under the influence of the visiting leaf peepers.
Pieces: A Year in Poems & Quilts by Anna Grossnickle Hines
We love these great free monthly weather recording sheets! Make this an ongoing daily activity and after several months you'll be able to compare and discuss how the weather differs by season. It's also a great way to learn about graphing, counting, using more or less vocabulary etc.
KidzClub has a nice weekly weather diary with a picture you can glue in to represent the type of weather and space to write the weather word.
Here is a great resource full of handy blacklines. Page four is a very simple weather bar graph. There are also numeral and shape cards plus nice Numeral Dice Toss Bar Graphs for a simple game. Just roll a dice and record how many times you get each number on the dice. Other extras include weight cards, estimation with scoops, guess and check counting jars, snap/clap cards that multiples can used for making kinestetic patterns, with 53 pages there is a ton of good finds in this document!
Weather Themed Writing Paper, we also like the Rainy Weather Word List and Weather Word Alphabetizing Sheet found on the same page.
Great Weather Units full of Activities!