Free Fall Unit Study for K-2nd Grade (and a Free Fall Printables Pack)

I cannot tell a lie, ya’ll. Fall is not my favorite season. It’s a close second to my least favorite season- winter. Fall means shorter days and colder weather. And I love sunshine until eight-o-clock at night. But I have learned to enjoy some things about fall. There have been traditions we’ve established over the years that (almost) make me look forward to fall.

If you have young kids, fall can be especially fun. Little people love the changing of the seasons, and fall has some great things to celebrate with them. I’ve tried really hard to interest my kids in some of these things, but it’s pretty hard to get a seventeen-year-old excited about going to the apple orchard.

Free fall unit study
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So, instead, to get into the spirit of the season, I’m sharing some fall unit study ideas that you can use with your kindergarten and early elementary aged kids. Make sure you pick up your FREE fall printable pack as well. It contains printables for some of the activities as well as some fall coloring pages. And, if you need some help with how to organize these ideas into a full unit study, this post has some tips (and another freebie). You can also get a printable version of this post for easy reference here.


Why Do Leaves Change Color (Let’s Read and Find Out Science Series)

We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger

Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell

It’s Fall by Linda Glaser

Apples by Gail Gibbons

Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington

Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie by Jill Esbaum

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert

Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka

Fall Is Not Easy by Marty Kelly

Counting on Fall by Lizann Flatt

Awesome Autumn by Bruce Goldstone

Autumn: An Alphabet Acrostic by Steven Schnur

By the Light of the Harvest Moon by Harriet Ziefer

Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber

Learning Activities

Science-Signs of Fall

Materials needed: Sheet of white chart paper; leaf cutouts, markers, tape
Directions: Draw a large tree with branches in the middle of the white paper. Have the kids tell you signs of fall. Write each one on a leaf cutout and let the kids place and tape the leaf cutouts falling from the tree.

Science- Fall Scavenger Hunt

Materials needed: Fall scavenger hunt printable (in printables pack), markers
Directions: Walk around your neighborhood or a local park and look for the signs of fall on the scavenger hunt sheet. Mark off each as you see it.

Language Arts- Fall Acrostic

Materials needed: Autumn: An Alphabet Acrostic (listed in the books above); autumn acrostic (in printables pack), pens or markers
Directions: After reading the book, talk about what an acrostic is. List the word “autumn” in acrostic style and have kids think of autumn words to form an acrostic. Older kids can write for themselves. Younger kids can dictate, and you can write the acrostic out on paper.

Science- Fresh Apples Experiment

Materials needed: Two apples, four small bowls, knife, water, lemon juice, another liquid that you and your child choose
Directions: Cut the apples in half and then cut each half into cubed pieces. Place one set of cubed pieces in each bowl. In one bowl, leave the apples plain. In one cover them with water. In one cover them with lemon juice. In the last bowl, cover with another liquid you choose. Have the kids make predictions about what will happen to the apples in each bowl and why. Write down their predictions. Check on your apples every hour and note what happens to them. (If you want to know more about why apples turn brown, there is information and another experiment here.)

Math- Apple Seed Graphing

Materials needed: One apple for each family member, apple graphing chart (in printables pack), knife, crayons
Directions: Cut each person’s apple and have them count the seeds. Use the chart to graph how many seeds your apple has, coloring in the spaces with a crayon. After you’ve compared the seeds on the chart, you can eat the apples for a snack.

Language Arts- Compare and Contrast Pumpkins and Apples

Materials needed: Apple/pumpkin venn diagram (in printables pack), pen or pencil, one apple, one pumpkin
Directions: Use the venn diagram to compare your apple and pumpkin.

Crafts and Fun

Leaf Rubbings

Materials needed: Leaves (not dry and crumbly but still pliable), white paper, crayons
Directions: Place the leaf on the table and put the white paper on top. Peel the crayon and use it on the side. Rub the crayon over the white paper, and you’ll be able to see the textured print of the leaf underneath.

Fall Nature Journal

Materials needed: notebook with blank pages (no lines); pencils and colored pencils
Directions: Take a walk through the neighborhood or a local park. Find items that are representative of fall- acorns, pumpkins, apples, leaves, bare trees, etc. Have children make their own sketches of several of these.

Fall Leaf Wreaths

Materials needed: paper plate, fall leaves (not crunchy), glue, yarn in fall colors
Directions: Cut the center out of your paper plate leaving a round wreath shape. Glue leaves around the plate rim. Tie with a piece of yarn at the top for hanging.

Apple Prints

Materials needed: White construction paper, apples cut in half, washable paint in fall colors
Directions: Cut the apples in half. Use them as stamps. Dip in the paint and press onto white paper.

Tissue Paper Pumpkins

Materials needed: white card stock cut into pumpkin shapes (in printables pack), tissue paper in fall colors, glue stick
Directions: Cut the tissue paper into small squares or let kids tear it into squares. Glue the tissue paper onto your pumpkins.

Fall Handprint Tree

Materials needed: white card stock, brown card stock, brown, orange, red, and yellow washable paint
Directions: Trim the white card stock and place it on the brown so that you have a frame of brown. Let your child make a brown handprint halfway up the white card stock. This is your tree branches. Paint a trunk extending from the handprint down the paper. Use fingerprints in the red, yellow, and orange to make leaves on the tree and falling from it.

Free fall unit study

Cooking and Snacks

Easy Apple Pies

Ingredients: Finely chopped apples, cinnamon sugar, refrigerated crescent roll dough
Directions: Flatten out each crescent roll. Put chopped apples in the center. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top. Bake as directed on the croissant package.

Mini Caramel Apples

Ingredients: Apple Slices (Granny Smith apples are great for this.), melted caramel or caramel dip, toppings (fall sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, etc.), wooden skewers
Directions: Slice the apples and put slices on skewers. Dip the slices in caramel and then dip in desired toppings.

Pumpkin Patch Cups

Ingredients: Small clear plastic cups, instant chocolate pudding, chocolate sandwich cookies, pumpkin candies
Directions: Make the instant chocolate pudding according to the package. Crush the cookies. Layer crushed cookies and pudding with cookies on top. Place pumpkins in the “dirt” at the top of the cup.

Fall Trail Mix

Ingredients: Plain Cheerios, mini pretzels, candy corn, candy pumpkins, small plastic baggies
Directions: Mix the ingredients and place in small plastic baggies

Other Resources

Mama’s Learning Story has a fun, free Johnny Appleseed unit study.
Enchanted Homeschooling Mom has a free fall leaves unit study.
Homeschool Share has a free tree unit study and lapbook that would be a good extension to talking about fall leaves.
CurrClick has a nice Welcome to Fall preschool unit with lots of printable early learning pages. (not free)
I hope you and your children enjoy the fall season. Don’t forget to get your free printable packet here and get a printable copy of the ideas in this post here.
Free fall printables pack

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