Ideas to Spice Up the Season and the Classroom Routine

This post includes favorite pins for fall. Check out these ideas for spooktacular stories, savory soups, and scary animals.

Fall is the perfect time for spooktacular stories, savory soups, and scary animals like bats, bears, and spiders. These sensational seasonal topics are the focus of today's post, and I hope you find a few to add to your boards. Be sure to check out the other great pins shared in the linky over on Pawsitively Teaching or Inspired Owl's Corner to see what other bloggers have shared too.

Spooktacular Stories

For October, you can not go wrong with themes of pumpkins, scarecrows, bats, and spiders. My favorites with a pumpkin theme are The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons, The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll, Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper, and The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz. Check out these related pumpkin pins.
Row 1: Teacher at Heart, For the Love of First Grade
Row 2: Thirdgrade Bookworm, Babyccino Kids

For other fun pumpkin ideas, here's my pumpkins galore board:


Savory Soups

It's getting chilly here in Virginia, so soups are sounding so good. The best thing about a great soup recipe is that you can put it in your crockpot and come home to dinner done, a great time saver for busy teacher moms. Here are a few of my favorites.

Cheeseburger Soup - All the flavors of a cheeseburger in a creamy, comforting soup, topped with crisp bacon and hamburger bun croutons!    I made the Pioneer Woman's Potato Soup recipe and it was a huge hit...even for the hubs who isn't a potato soup fan!:     Super Easy Slow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli Soup. Rich, hearty and loaded with veggies and meat. A perfect, comforting soup for Fall! Hi guys! It’s Kelley back from Chef Savvy! Today I am sharing one of…:


Scary Animal Studies

So cute for halloween! How to Make Craft Stick Crows: Bat Graph: "Cute or Creepy?" (from The First Grade Parade): Kids are fascinated by gross and disgusting, but they also love scary stuff too. If you want to hook in your readers and work in animal research, you might consider scary animals or ugly bugs to get the job done. Sound like fun? If so, check out these ugly bug and scary animal pins to add to the excitement.
Left: Kids Activity Blog
Right: First Grade Parade
Below: Tunstall's Teaching Tips
Spider Science Booklet:

For more creepy crawly ideas, check out the spider resources board below:

One really fun PBL project you might try is to have your students write in defense of the ugly bug or scary animal to prove their creature deserves to be "loved". Kids could research their favorite ugly creature, find out the benefits of it, use Google slides to design a slide show explaining why they're good for the Earth

Need other fall fun ideas? Never fear. There are many more to see.

For other October Pinterest picks, click on the image below.

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Looking for fun fall ideas? This post features a few of my favorites from spooktacular stories to savory soups. Check it out for ideas and a few freebies too.

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