Fall Unit Study Resources...And Free Unit Study Planner

I love unit studies! They’re such a great way to learn all subjects within the framework of a fun theme. They’re especially great to use as we head into a new season or as we near a holiday. This post is filled with some great ideas that will help you to create an awesome fall unit study that you can use with multiple ages.

Never created your own unit study? Don’t sweat it! It’s very simple, and it’s so much fun because you can include topics you- and the kids- want to learn about. In this post you can find a five-step method to create your own unit study, as well as a FREE unit study planner. With this planner and the ideas listed below, you can create your own fall themed unit study.

Fall unit study
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Fall books for kids
Apples and Pumpkins (early elementary)

Fall books for kids
Fall Weather: Cooler Temperatures (preschool and early elementary)

Fall books for kids
Fletcher and the Falling Leaves (preschool and early elementary)

Fall books for kids
Leaf Man (preschool and early elementary)

Fall books for kids
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf (preschool and early elementary)

Fall books for kids
Autumnblings (elementary)

Fall books for kids
In November (preschool and early elementary)

Fall books for kids
A Tree for All Seasons (upper elementary and middle grades)

Fall books for kids
Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn (preschool and early elementary)

Fall books for kids


Find facts about autumn from Kids Play and Create.

Bright Hub Education has a page of facts about autumn.

Sheppard Software has a great page of games and activities all about seasons.

Want to carve a pumpkin for fall without the mess? This is a virtual pumpkin carving site.


Do a little fall science with this experiment about how leaves change color in the fall.

This rotting pumpkin science experiment is a little gross but will be lots of fun for the kids.

Learn how a leaf gets water with this simple science activity.

This tree identification activity- with free printable cards- is awesome for multiple ages of kids.

A fall nature tray is a good way to get younger kids into observing fall leaves, acorns, and other items.

Find out what makes pinecones open and close with this science activity.

After kids know the answer to why pinecones open and close, you can use a pinecone to set up a Pinecone Weather Station.

Coffee Cups and Crayons has a fun apple science experiment with acids and bases.

Language Arts

Little kids can have some letter matching fun with this apple activity.

Mad Libs are a fun way to practice parts of speech. This Pinterest link has a variety of fall mad libs. (If you click on each to go to the site, you can print each one.)

Mailbox Magazine has several fun fall-themed language arts printables, like this one about facts and opinions and this one about punctuation. (You do have to register for a free Mailbox account.)

Get kids writing with writing prompts and this cute fall-themed stationary.(This is a free Teachers Pay Teachers download. You just have to have a free account.)

Take some time to read fall-themed poetry with the kids.

The DLTK site has more autumn poems, as well as a few stories and songs.

And here you can find free printables to help your kids write their own fall poems.

Crafts and Fun

Leaf rubbing is a fun fall craft. You can find out how to do it here.

Although this post says the fall wreath craft is for toddlers, older kids would enjoy it as well.

Discover. Learn. Connect has a great idea for a fall leaf scavenger hunt, including a free printable.

These stained glass apple decorations are pretty and simple to make.

Apple stamping is a fun and simple fall craft.

Get creative with fall leaves and make leaf people,

Bundled Q-tips make some beautiful fall trees with this craft.

Fall Printables

Proverbial Homemaker has a great fall printable pack for preschool and early elementary.

Find a collection of free fall dot painting printables from The Resourceful Mama.

This site has a collection of fall coloring and activity sheets.

Home Preschool 101 has a set of free printable fall number cards- as well as ideas about how to use them.

This is a free autumn themed crossword puzzle for older kids.

A to Z Teacher Stuff has a collection of fall printables- leaves and scarecrows.

Fall unit study resources

Already Created Fall Unit Studies You Can Download and Use Now

If you aren’t into creating your own unit study, here are some unit studies and lapbooks, already created, that you can download and use now. Some of these are free and some are not. I’ve tried to note beside the resource.

A Journey Through Learning has an Awesome Autumn Lapbook and Study Guide. It’s everything you need for a unit study and lapbook for grades 1-4.

Welcome to Fall is a fall unit study for preschool.

This Fall Fun research lapbook has fall topics that kids research as they complete the mini books.

Homeschool Share has a variety of free unit studies with a fall theme. (free)

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