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It's Autumn! Teaching Tips and Topics From INFOhio for Grades PreK-3

Author // Emily Rozmus Monday, 26 September 2016

It's Autumn—cooler temperatures, shorter days, crisper air, and yes, runnier noses. It's a great time to teach your little learners about the change of seasons and how they affect the world around them. Check out these resources and tips from INFOhio to help teach your PreK-3 students about Autumn.

Early Learning Portal

INFOhio's Early Learning Portal has over 50 websites and apps aligned to Ohio's Early Learning Standards. Each resources has been selected by a teacher or librarian, and evaluated with a rubric to ensure the best websites and apps for early learners are available all in one spot. Check out Unite for Literacy, a collection of free non-fiction eBooks on a variety of topics and in a variety of languages.


Watch Fletcher and the Falling Leaves and How Do you Know it's Fall?  


Then, do the Puzzlers together as a class - Word Match for vocabulary, Fact or Fiction, and Which Came First for sequencing. Finally, browse through the Explore the Web tab to find printables, fall leaf animations, and more games to play with the students.

Explora for Grades PreK-5

Search for "autumn" and use the Lexile limiter on the left to find articles and activities from Scholastic News and other publications for kids. Make sure to view and print the PDF version if available for engaging, full-color content. Hint: Scholastic News Teachers' Editions can be found in Explora for Educators. Just search for "Scholastic News."

Early World of Learning

Read about scarecrows in Early World of Reading's Welcome to Reading. 

Then, go to Print and Do to find a fun activity that uses Trek, the scarecrow from Trek's Travels. For example under Letters, use Draw a Picture of Yourself Next to Trek. Under Sets, there are several printables that ask students to find the similarities and differences in pictures of the scarecrow.

Don't forget to take a look in Know It! under the Weather category for the Changing Seasons article and Cool Autumn article, both nonfiction.  

Digital Video Collection

Check out the streaming videos available in the DVC. Search for "autumn" and limit your search to PreK-3. You will find several videos appropriate for your students to view. "Fall" is available in both Spanish and English for ELL. 

Educator Tools

Find lesson plans, activities, videos and more from INFOhio and other educational resources in Educator Tools. With over 55,000 free, quality resources, one search will yield a bountiful harvest of autumn-themed possibilities.  Make sure to use the limiters on the left; select K, 1, 2, and 3. Both the Digital Video Collection Fall video and the Unite for Literacy resources are included, as well as an INFOhio Back-to-School lesson plan for 1st grade featuring BookFlix, Early World of Learning, and Explora for PreK-5.


There's lots of great content for your PreK-5 classroom at www.infohio.org!  Bonfires, football games, and falling leaves—INFOhio has it all! (Except for tissues for those cold weather bugs!) Happy Fall!

About the Author

Posted by: Emily Rozmus

Emily Rozmus is an INFOhio Instructional Team Specialist.  She has worked in education for 24 years, first as a secondary English teacher, and then as a district librarian. Emily has developed district growth plans, integrated technology, created instruction for information literacy, fostered teacher development, and worked on teams to implement curriculum. At INFOhio, she focuses on helping educators use INFOhio resources to improve early learning. She also works to share research and best practices for helping students be better readers of INFOhio's digital text. In her free time, she reads, enjoys time with her family, and plans for her next big adventure in life.

Emily Rozmus
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