Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice: Check Out These Autumnal Resources

Pumpkin spice and everything nice… challenge students to welcome fall using all their senses and encourage them to celebrate the signs of autumn such as crunching leaves, sweet apples, and crisp air. Check out the beauty of autumn using high quality images you can find in Discovery Education paired with instructional strategies designed to inspire students to analyze and describe the changes of the season.


Featured Resources

Content Collection: Autumn
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Assorted Resources

Autumn cooling is the result of the Earth’s axis, which results in less sunlight and colder temperatures than during the summer. This collection includes resources, lesson starters, and a featured instructional strategy.


Learn

Start off with a short discussion about the seasons, including what causes seasonal change and how students can recognize it. Then, use the video below as a model for using images (or video clips) as the basis for a written piece. Students will be asked to select a series of images of autumn and create a narrative, poem, or song to go along with them. We’ve provided some images, below, but recommend you let students use their own accounts to search for more.

 
Discovery Science Alliance: Weather
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, Full Video [02:55]

Explores the many changes that weather creates on Earth and reveals how weather differs each season of the year.

 
Autumn Arrangement
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Image

Photograph of a pumpkin, gourd, autumn leaves, and corn.

 

Autumn Leaves
(Canadian Version)
Science Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, Video Segment

A photo showing kids stomping through autumn leaves.

 
Fall
(Canadian Version)
Science Techbook
Grades K-2, Imaget

A photo showing a maple tree in autumn.

 

Pumpkin
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Image

An orange pumpkin being held by a boy in a blue shirt.

 
Autumn Trees with Clear Sky
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Imaget

Trees burst with autumn colors and are reflected in the water.


Apply

Use one of many instructional strategies from our Spotlight on Strategies (SOS) series to focus on close reading of images and descriptive writing and inspire your students to express themselves through poetry, narrative, and song writing. Browse the entire SOS collection (Canadian Version) in your account. Or, try one of these suggested strategies: Poetry Slam (Canadian Version) – adapt the strategy by having students use only images to inform their performance; Instagram-in (Canadian Version); or Eye Spy (Canadian Version). Use #CelebrateWithDE on social media to share your students’ celebrations of autumn!


Interested in joining classrooms around the world to Celebrate holidays year round? Check out our Timely Content Page for our Virtual Viewing Parties and more Instructional Strategies.

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