Here in Arizona we only have two seasons: hot and hotter and oh, how I miss Fall! Each year I practically clean out the dollar store adding to my collection of strands of fall leaves. Sometimes you have to create your own seasons!
Shades of Fall Vocabulary
We’ve been working with synonyms and identifying the different levels of intensity or shades of meaning that words with similar
meanings can have.
My class sorted the synonyms then arranged them in order of strongest meaning. To practice, I had everybody work in pairs with a thesaurus to look up synonyms for familiar words and write them in order of intensity in their notebooks. Next, they wrote them on paint chips die cut into leaf shapes.
For some added practice, I made this page and added it to our literacy centers.
We’ve spent the better part of October learning about nocturnal animals and reading lots of informational books about bats and owls. My favorite book to begin learning about bats is Stellaluna. Teaching with Stellaluna is a dream for building comprehension and addressing many ELA standards. This post explains how I use Stellaluna to turn my readers into comprehenders.
As we study nocturnal animals, students research and write informational books about them. This one is about Geckos which are very common here in Arizona.
We also have over 28 different species of bats in Arizona! I got this incredible poster from the AZ Dept. of Fish and Game and it’s been a really fun resource PLUS my kids think it’s about the coolest thing ever!
We’ve learned a lot about echolocation and wrote about how bats use this adaptation to find food and fly in the dark.
I hope you’ve found some fall vocabulary and writing ideas you can use in your classroom. Be sure to subscribe by email so you don’t miss a new post!