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October Lesson

My name is ____________. Today is ____________, July ___, 2012. It is _____ degrees, _________, and _________. What are going to do today? ___________________. What should I wear? ____________________. Where will we be? _________________. Who will join in?_________________. When will this happen?___________________.

Week 1




All the leaves are falling down, falling down, falling down (Imitate leaves falling down) All the leaves are falling down, it is fall. Take the rake and rake them up, rake them up, rake them up (Imitate raking leaves) Take the rake and rake them up, it is fall. Make a pile and jump right in, jump right in, jump right in, (Children jump forward) Make a pile and jump right in, it is fall. Oh, sleepy bear. Oh, sleepy bear. He's sleeping in his cave. Please be very quiet. Oh, so very quiet. Do not wake him. Do not wake him. Or he's sure to GROWL!

Rake leaves, jump in piles, kick them, sprinkle them for up high...Select several leaves and place them in a row. Use your breath to see who can blow them the farthest. Go for a walk and collect leaves of different colors, shapes, sizes and them sort them them accordingly or place them in clear sleave pages and label them. Use some large leaves to create prints. Make a tree from a paper bag and leaves from torn construction paper, build an autumn diarama to play with animals in.

Fall, Autumn, 1, 2, 3, 4, owls, squirrels, chipmunks Leaves, Trees, 5 Nuts, Acorns, Yellow, Orange, Red

Week 2

Hibernation, Den, 6, 7, 8, 9, bears, reptiles, monarch Migration, Flock 10 butterflies, goose/geese

Pretend to be different animals that hibernate or migrate. Build 'dens' to hibernate in. Spot flocks and talk about how some flocks can be called different names: crows/ravens: murder; finches/hummingbirds: charm; flamingos: flamboyance; geese: gaggle; owls: wisdom; sparrows: host. Match animals to their fall/winter habitats: bears/dens, geese/sky, squirrels/collecting nuts, snakes/burrowing

Week 3

Week 4

Rhymes Harvest, Apples, 1, 2, 3, 4, crow, mouse/mice, gnats Found an apple, found an apple, Found Pumpkins, 5, 6, 7, 8, an apple big and round. It was red and Scarecrow 9, 10 oh, so juicy When I found it on the ground. Found an apple, found an apple, Found it growing on a tree. Now I'll pick it and I'll share it, Half for you and half for me. I’m a jack-o’-lantern big and round. I sit all day on the ground. I have a candle deep within. Light me up, so I can grin. Spider, spider, Oh so small, Crawling on The garden wall, When you stop I'll watch you spin A little web For resting in. Halloween, Trick- 1, 2, 3, 4, cat, bat, rat, spider or-Treat, 5, 6, 7, 8, costume, 9, 10 spiderweb, scary




Go to an orchard/pumpkin patch and select some apples or pumpkins to bring home. Make baked apples for breakfast or an apple pie. Make a jacko-lantern. Use pumpkin meat to make pumpkin muffins or pumpkin pie. Prentend to be mice and try to find out why a mouse might want to live in a field. Build a scarecrow and talk about why farmers do not want mice, or birds (crows), or certain insects in their field.

Dress up in costume and pretend trickor-treat a few times so that the little knows what to do and is not scared when the Halloween comes. Let them help put out decorations. Build a spiderweb in a hallway with yarn and tape and try to climb through it with out getting caught. Watch the bats at dusk.

child-size rake; piles of leaves; leaves of different colors, shapes, and sizes; clear sleave pages; labels; paper bag; scissors; red, orange, yellow, brown construction paper; blankets (for building a den); images of animals and their habitats/habits for matching game; local apple orchard or pumpkin patch; ingredients for making favorite apple and/or pumpkin recipe; pitchfork, old pants, flannel shirt, straw, and a hat for building a scarecrow; Halloween costume and decorations; yarn and tape

Pre-K October Fall Themes Videos Playlist

Helpful Videos

Books Early Learning Kit from Memphis Public Library (Central location): Autumn; Fall, Chris Demarest; A is for Autumn, Robert Maass; Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf, Lois Ehlert; Dappled Apples, Jan Carr; It's Pumpkin Time, Zoe Hall; The Biggest Pumpkin Ever, Steven Kroll; Here Comes Halloween, Caroline Church; Mouse's First Halloween, Lauren Thompson; The Scariest Moster in the Whole Wide World, Pamela Mayer; Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet, Diane de Groat; Gray Squirrell at Pacific Avenue, Gerri Harrington; Nuts to You!, Lois Ehlert; Deep in the Forrest, Brinton Turkle; A Den is a Bed for a Bear, Becky Baines Songs Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping? Little bear, little bear. You will sleep all winter, Through the long, cold winter, Little bear, little bear. Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping? Little bear, little bear. You will wake in springtime, In the warm, warm springtime, Little bear, little bear. One little owl when the moon was new, Along came another owl, and that made two. Two little owls perched high in the tree, Along came another owl, and that made three. Three little owls flew to the barn door, Along came another owl, and that made four. Four little owls lined up side by side, Along came another owl, and that made five. Five little owls hooted "Whoo, whoo, whoo," Then they all flapped their wings and away they flew. The weather's getting cold so bundle up, bundle up, bundle up The weather's getting cold so bundle up, winter's coming soon. The bears in the cave sleep all the time............ The squirrels in the trees get lots of nuts............... The frogs and toads go deep in mud....... The ducks and the geese go flying south........ The people in the town wear hats and gloves.......... Directions and Other Possible Projects Paper Bag Tree Leaf Graph Leaf Lacing Leaf Printing Symmetrical Pumkings Spiderweb Scary Sort Sensory Tub dirt; plastic spiders, bats, rats, skeletons, pumpkins, etc…