The weather is getting cooler (for some!) and there are pumpkins everywhere!! Fall is in the air and we are so excited to bring it into the classroom! We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite read alouds and activities for October! Check them out below!
This endearing story from Margaret Wise Brown (Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny) tells the tale of a sweet scarecrow boy and his family. The little boy learns lessons from his father on how to be a scarecrow. If you are looking to avoid scary Halloween books about ghosts and goblins, this may be one you’ll want to share. Grab the book The Little Scarecrow Boy here and then have your students make this craft from First and Kinder Blue Skies!
Spookley has to be one of the sweetest stories to share during Halloween! This square pumpkin wants so badly to fit in and look like all of the other pumpkins. After a terrible storm, Spookley learns that being different isn’t such a bad thing after all! Grab this wonderful story here and check out this adorable Literacy Craftivity from Samantha Henry here.
Jasper Rabbit absolutely loves to eat carrots! That is, until the carrots start following him! Your students will LOVE this book!! Grab the book Creepy Carrots on Amazon here and be sure to check out this fun Craftivity & Inferencing Activity from Tiffany Gannon!
How do you help a skeleton get over his hiccups? This story is filled with fun illustrations and will have your kids hiccuping right along! After reading, you can have your students build their own skeleton with this fun Build a Skeleton Math Game from Teach, Love, & Iced Coffee!
This story is the perfect addition to any pumpkin unit! With beautiful photographs that illustrate the life cycle of a pumpkin and descriptive verse that lures in all audiences! If you plan on doing any pumpkin investigations with your students, be sure to check out this FREEBIE from Abby Mullins!
Room on the Broom is an adorable story about a witch and her cat on a fantastical journey through the sky! You can stream the movie on Netflix or grab your own copy of the DVD on Amazon here! If you are a real fan of this story you may even want the matching plush witch pictured below (pic courtesy of @LittleKinderBears).
MEHHHRRRR! This grumpy little monster doesn’t really come off as scary, but more of an eye opener for students to see how crankiness comes off to others!! Whether it’s a melted popsicle or bedtime, this grumbling little character is sure to delight your readers! Crankenstein could be used ANY time of year but is especially fun during the Halloween season! If you’re planning to read this one be sure and check out this Close Read by The Applicious Teacher!
This Halloween story stars a tiny seed that JUST CAN’T WAIT to be big and scary! It’s the perfect setting to take your students through the life cycle in a most entertaining way. Little seed shares the same ambition and impatience that most kids do, spending all their time wishing they were big! Click here to grab the book LITTLE BOO on Amazon. If you’re looking for ideas on how to use this story in your classroom, we love this literacy companion Abby Mullins created to go with this story! Grab it HERE or click the pic below!
PETE THE CAT TRICK OR PETE & PETE THE CAT FIVE LITTLE PUMPKINS by James Dean
If your students are crazy about Pete the Cat (and who isn’t?!) then you should definitely check out these featured books on Amazon! You can read & sing aloud the Five Little Pumpkins on Pete TV HERE and grab loads of free printables for any Pete the Cat book HERE!!
Keep this list handy! Pin the image below so you won’t lose it!
And be sure to check out some of these other featured titles on Amazon to add to your Fall collection! Did we leave out your favorite book? Tell us in the comments below!
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