Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fall Favorites Blog Hop

Hello, Teaching Friends,

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It's time for another great hop around the blogs of some of my favorite K-2 bloggers!

This time we're going to be sharing some of our favorite autumn classroom ideas, books, activities, and even some fall decorations and recipes for you to enjoy at home.

Here's one of my favorite fall books for the PreK-first grade crowd! It's a great autumn read by Steve Metzger, illustrated by Miki Sakamoto.

Based on the old song, "We're Going on a Bear Hunt", this treasure of a read aloud follows three little ones as they go on a leaf hunt over a mountain, through a forest, around a waterfall, and across a lake, along the way discovering colorful hickory, birch, and red oak leaves.

As they go, the repeated refrain is ...

"We're going on a leaf hunt.
We're going right away.
Let's find colorful leaves.
It's a wonderful day!"

Of course, your little listeners will love to join in on the refrain. If you enlarge the words of the refrain onto chart paper ahead of time, you'll have a great opportunity to talk about letters, words and sentences, and to reinforce concepts of print like directionality, one-to-one match, and as with any refrain, fluent phrasing and expression.

Of course, there's a twist at the end of the story just like there is in the song, and this time it's not a bear that the children find!

The ending just adds more great opportunities for movement when you reread or retell this story. Your students will love climbing the mountain, picking up the leaves, and splish-splashing across the slippery stones at the waterfall. But they'll love it even more when they get to go backwards through the story at top speed to get home again.

If you have the time and you live where there are colorful leaves, maybe you'll want to take your class on a real leaf hunt after you read this book together. {And if there are no colorful leaves where you live, construction paper cut-outs scattered on the floor can be a lot of fun, too!} Here's a way your students can review the words of the refrain and display what they found on their leaf walk. It can also be the basis of great mini-lesson on attributes and sorting. There are two formats, one in blackline and the other with some "colorful" support! Whether the children glue their leaves on the paper or draw and color them, it's a fun little lesson! Just click on the picture to download it free!

Lovely leaf graphics by Cindy Calenti of Granny Goes to School!

You can purchase We're Going on a Leaf Hunt here.

Here's a way to extend your leaf sorting lessons and  create a new class book! Stop by my TpT store to see Love Those Leaves.

Don't miss the other autumn finds on this blog hop. Click here to go to Creativity to the Core!

Happy Teaching!


  1. What a great fall book for our young readers! They love repetition. Thanks for the cute leaf activity.
    Burke's Special Kids

  2. Thanks for sharing that book....of course, now I am going to have that song stuck in my head! :)

    Teaching Momster

    1. Haha ... I know just what you mean! There's another post on this blog hop that has me singing, "There's a spider on my head, on my head...".
      Thanks for stopping by, Krista!

  3. Oh my! I think I see another book I MUST have! :-) Thanks!

    1. Our collections just grow and grow and grow and ... I figure there are a lot worse vices out there, right? ;)


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