Favorite Fall Books and Lesson Ideas

Good morning!

It's Halle from Across the Hall in 2nd Grade and I'm here today to share a few of my favorite fall books. I've even shared a few lesson ideas on a little cheat sheet to go along with them (in case you need a little extra inspiration).

It's a cool fall day here where I am and it's raining. A perfect day to curl up with a good book now that I'm spending some time at home with my new addition.

I read to Ella every day. You can't start too early, right?

Without further ado, here are a few of my favorite books for the fall season:

How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? by Margaret McNamara
Bring in a few pumpkins and read this book before carving in! I love this book for math workshop because it encourages a great discussion on counting strategies.

Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel
All of the stories in this collection are sweet, but I especially love the fall one. It teaches a great lesson of the power of performing kind acts for others (even when they go unnoticed). Read the story then have your students perform a *secret* random act of kindness. Have them write about how it made them feel.

Pumpkin Town by Katie McKy
A cute story with whimsical pictures about a family who grows too many pumpkins! Have your students come up with a list of ways to use up all the extra pumpkins...encourage them to be creative. Maybe replace all of their chairs with pumpkin stools?! I would also bring in a sweet pumpkin treat to share!

In November by Cynthia Rylant
Rylant is one of my very favorite authors, so she makes just about every book list I make! I love this book as a mentor text for repeated phrasing. Have your students write a paragraph, story, or book using repeated phrasing (In October, In Fall, In Autumn, During Halloween, etc).

Scarecrow by Cynthia Rylant
Another Rylant book! I told you I loved her! This is a sweet story told from there perspective of a scarecrow. Have your students write about a day in the life of an autumn object or animal, told from that object or animal's perspective.

There you have it! A few of my favorite fall books!

I created a cheat sheet of the books and my lesson suggestions to go with each. You can grab yourself a copy to take to the library (or Amazon) by clicking the picture below!

I hope you get to enjoy these books with your students (or your own kiddos) soon!


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