Fall is Fabulous!
We think Fall in Massachusetts is fabulous, so we joined Marci McGowan's Internet project,
Fall is Here ~ We Love It!

Mrs. McGowan has used the book Fall is Here ~ I Love It! by Elaine Good as the inspiration for this terrific project.

Marci always has many wonderful resources available. View them here.

There is a Teacher's Guide available for Elaine Good's four books about the seasons. You can check it out here.

~ Our Work ~
We began our work with a reading of Fall is Here! I Love It!.
The children really enjoyed this book, and it gave them lots of images
to use in our discussion of the season.

We brainstormed a list of what we see, hear, smell, taste, and touch in Fall.
Next we chose one image to describe in each line of our sensory poem.
Here is what the children came up with:
Green leaves dressing now in their reds, oranges, yellows, and browns,
Whistling wind following us with its chilly company,
Delicious pumpkin pie baking in a hot oven,
Sweet apple cider filling us with joy,
Silky husks from fresh-picked corn slipping through our fingers,

Fall is Here! We Love It!

Rickey's work of art
Illustrating Our First Line

We decided to integrate some Math and Fun for the next part of the project!

First we did some "M&M Math" (see below). Then using graham crackers, peanut butter (frosting may be substituted if there are allergies), pretzel sticks, and fun size packages of m&ms, we "illustrated" the first line of our poem.

Note: One of my students turned the m&ms on their sides and the "leaves" looked terrific - unfortunately, I had no more disk space to get a picture. :-(

This was my first time using this "recipe". Next time I would either 1) Use mini m&ms with same colors, OR 2) Use large pretzel sticks, break off just a piece for the trunk and then cover top with fun-size m&m colors.

M & M Math

To make sure we added some authentic learning to our "fun" work, we first did some sorting, graphing, and calculating activities. We:

  1. Sorted our fun size packs by color.
  2. Graphed our individual numbers of each color.
  3. Made number strings of each color at each table and calculated table counts for each color.
  4. Made class number strings and calculated total numbers for each color.
  5. Calculated total number - 505 m&ms!!
We used Create-A-Graph, an easy and fun graphing site!
Here are two ways to look at our class findings:

Creating Our Own Poems
As a follow-up to our collaborative poem, children created their own sensory poems. They designed their own graphic organizers similar to the one below. Each had a choice to write a sensory poem about Fall or Halloween. In the center of the web (also called cluster) was their final line of the poem.

Children wrote one idea in each bubble,
then went back and added at least one detail.

Here are two of our poems:

Birds flying South, forming a triangle or line,
Crunch! I love the sound of the crispy, crunchy leaves when I step on them,
their sound makes me happy,
Mmmm, fresh fall air is soooo pleasant, it fills my body with joy,
Delicious pumpkin pie so sweet it makes me want more,
Polished, shiny apples feel soooo smooth to my fingers.
Fall is here! I Love it!
by Caroline
Scary decorations glaring through the window,
Leaves rustling on the trees,
Chilly fall wind following me,
Delicious candy in my mouth,
Hard and cold doorbells under my fingers.
Halloween is here! I love it!
by Nora

To read ALL of our "boo-tiful" Halloween poems, click here.

To help us get in the Halloween spirit,
we listened to a few new Halloween books.
Two of our favorites were:
Miss Fiona's Stupendous Pumpkin Pies by Mark Kimball Moulton, and
The ABC's of Halloween by Patricia Eubank

Addressing the Standards

Language Arts Curriculum Frameworks
  • Elements: Identify
    The learner will be able to identify poetic elements
  • Word Choice: Senses/Imagery/Mood
    The learner will be able to recognize and examine how author's word choice appeals to the senses, creates imagery, suggests mood, and sets tone and provide textual evidence to support understanding
  • Expand: Vocabulary
    The learner will be able to expand his/her vocabulary
  • Writing: Use/Expand
    The learner will be able to use an expanded vocabulary when writing
  • Dictate: Poetry
    The learner will be able to dictate the writing of a poem
  • Poetry: Original
    The learner will be able to write original poetry
  • Purposes: Variety
    The learner will be able to write for a variety of purposes
  • Audience: Variety
    The learner will be able to write for a variety of audiences
Mathematics Curriculum Frameworks
  • Data Analysis
    The learner will be able to organize, classify, represent, and interpret data through tallies, charts, tables, bar graphs, pictographs, and Venn diagrams, and interpret the various displays
  • Facts: Understand/Addition/Subtraction
    The learner will be able to understand the addition facts (sums to 10) and associated subtractions facts, and apply them to obtain problem solutions
  • Problem Solving: Add/Subtract/2-Digit
    The learner will be able to perform approximations, computations, and obtain solutions to problems involving the addition and subtraction of 2-digit numbers

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