Delicious Autumn

Delicious autumn!  My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.  -George Eliot

Bittersweet October.  The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter.  –Carol Bishop Hipps

Fall is a time of whimsy and beauty.  A time when the heat subsides and we step out into the world once again, full of wonder and marvel.

Of course this is how we’d like to think our students are approaching the new school year.  But it may be a little more challenging to get their attention.  Below are some ideas that we hope will make this challenge a lot less bitter and a lot more sweet…

Use unitedstreaming Images and Clip Art to create a Fall Mosaic!

Using Microsoft Word:

Download your images to a folder on your computer. In Microsoft Word, click where you want to insert the image. Select “Insert” from the Menu, and go to "Picture" > "From File." Locate the image you wish to insert and click OK."

Using PowerPoint:

Download your images to a folder on your computer.  In Microsoft PowerPoint, click where you want to insert the image.  Select “Insert” from the Menu and go to “Picture” > “From File”. Locate the image you wish to insert and click OK."

Create a WebQuest about a theme in Autumn! 

Sample topics could include Famous Poems about Autumn, Why the Leaves Change Color, The Process of Hibernation, Columbus Day, Seasons in Different Parts of the World. 

WebQuests are inquiry-based activities in which most of the information being researched comes from Internet resources. A typical WebQuest should include the following key components:

Introduction  Write a short paragraph to introduce the activity or lesson to the learners. If there is a role or scenario involved, set the stage. Introduce the essential question(s) that the entire WebQuest is centered around.

Task  – Describe the task to focus learners on what they are going to do. Learners should have a clear understanding of the culminating performance or product that drives all of the learning activities.

Process – Outline how the learners will accomplish the task. Identify the roles learners will assume and provide clear steps, resources, and tools for organizing information.

Evaluation – Describe to the learners how their performance will be evaluated and include an assessment rubric or rubrics that align with the culminating performance or product, as outlined in the task.

Conclusion – Summarize what the learners will have accomplished or learned by completing the WebQuest. Include rhetorical questions or additional links to encourage learners to extend their thinking into other content beyond this lesson.

Have students create an autobiography using Timeliner or Inspiration while adding clips, images, articles, or audio files related to your content area!


Step 1 Open Inspiration software and brainstorm activity with students creating brainstorming web.

Step 2 Select File > New > Outline to begin your brainstorming session.

Step 3 Rename your “Main Idea” icon by double clicking in the icon and entering a name. The icon can be changed by selecting one from the Symbols library.

Step 4 Click on the ‘Rapid Fire’ option to type in student brainstorming responses and create your web.

Step 5 Logon to and search for videos that correspond to your content. Download selected video clips to your local computer. Be sure that you are downloading QuickTime(.mov) movie segments. For instructions on changing your setting, consult your Quick Start Card.

Step 6 To insert a video clip, first select the symbol for the video by single-clicking on it. On the menu bar, select “Tools,” then select “Insert Video or Sound”, then “Video”.

Step 7 Browse your computer to locate the video you want to insert. Single-click on the title, then select “Open”. A link to the video will be created and the movie icon will be displayed. Double-click on the video to view.


To insert video segments into TimeLiner, you will first need to download the video segment to your hard drive. Be sure that you are downloading Quicktime (.mov) movie clips. For instructions on changing your setting, consult your Quick Start Card.

Step 1 Open TimeLiner 5.0

Step 2 Choose TimeLine type, the simplest way to begin is to select Standard

and click ‘Open’.

Step 3 Enter dates (‘When’) and events (‘What’) into the application to create the timeline. Use the ‘Enter’ key to add additional events.

Step 4 To insert a video clip, double click on the Gray box next to the event (When). The ‘Edit Event’ screen will pop open. Select ‘Pictures or Movie’. The menu will expand, and you will need to click on ‘Import’.

Step 5 The ‘New Graphic’ page will open, click on ‘Browse’. Browse your computer to locate the video segment you want to insert into the timeline. Single-click on the title, then select ‘Open’. Click on ‘OK’ and the link to the video will be created.

Step 6 To view, you will need to run the ‘Slideshow’. Click on the Slideshow icon on the top of the page and then click ‘Run Slideshow’.

We’d love to hear about any additional ideas that you have been using in your classrooms. 

Happy Fall!
Uzma Knouss


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  1. Carlene shortz said:


    Fresh apple pie under my nose!
    All the fluttering leaves are colorful at my kicking feet
    Lovingly little crazy squirrels break dancing around the tree Loving it all the time in this kookie fall time of year
    Carlene’s fourth graders

  2. Uzma Knouss said:

    What a vivid poem! It really makes fall come alive. Thanks for sharing, Carlene!

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