Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice: Check Out These Autumnal Resources

For many, Autumn marks the time of year that the weather begins to cool, leaves turn brilliant shades of red and orange, and every food, drink, and candle is flavored with pumpkin spice. But what causes these phenomena to occur? While we can’t speak for your latte, the cooling weather is the result of Earth’s tilted axis, which results in less sunlight and colder temperatures. Explore more with these resources and instructional ideas.


Featured Resources

Autumn
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Content Collection

Autumn is an essential time for plants and animals as they prepare for the scarcity of winter. Autumn marks the time of year that the weather begins to cool. This cooling is the result of Earth’s tilted axis, which results in less sunlight and colder temperatures than during the summer.
 
Autumn (Fall)
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook
Grades K-2, Video Segment

The characteristics of autumn are discussed in this short segment.
 
Fall Trees
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook, Social Studies Techbook
Grades K-2, Image

Colorful leaves signal the changes of autumn. As nights grow longer and cooler, the leaves no longer produce chlorophyll, the pigment that makes leaves green and enables the process of photosynthesis. As the green pigment wanes, other pigments take over, producing the brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows of fall foliage.
 
Magical Mother Nature: The Four Seasons
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook
Grades K-2, Video Segment

From the snows of winter to the first flowers of spring, from joyous summer days to cool autumn nights, children see the wonder and magic of our changing seasons. Youngsters will gain a better understanding of how important the changing of the seasons are to their world. They will see that weather changes occur each season and how these changes affect their lives and community. Animals and plants have to adapt to each season and this aspect of seasonal change is also explored. Best of all, each season brings its own special holidays. Beautiful imagery captures all this wonder and magic.
 
The Seasons
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook
Grades K-2, Video Segment

The sun comes up every day and provides us with light, heat, and energy. The sun guarantees all of the seasons will follow the same cycle: spring, summer, winter, and fall.
 
Autumn in the Forest: Stockpiling for Winter
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook
Grades 6-8, Video Segment

In temperate forests, animals prepare for winter during the autumn, while food is still plentiful. The dormouse and Japanese macaques must gain weight before winter arrives.
 
Autumn and Art in Japan
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

How do cultures around the world celebrate the changing of the seasons? To the Japanese, autumn is the most beautiful time of year.
 


SOS Strategy

Spotlight on Strategies: Did You Hear That?
(Canadian Version)
All Services
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Instructional Strategy

This is a teaching strategy that encourages students to draw conclusions and create and describe mental images. Ask students, “What does autumn sound like?” Play Vivaldi: The Four Seasons: Allegro: Autumn (Canadian Version), a concerto that gives musical expression to the feeling of the fall season, and have students journal and draw representations of the music.
 


 
Looking for more Autumn resources? Check out our blog from earlier this month:

 

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