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Are you looking for fall literacy activities for your elementary students? These easy and fun activities are sure to get your students reading and writing this fall!

Fall Read Alouds

There are so many fun fall read-alouds that you can share with your students! Here are some thematic roundup posts to help you start picking out books to read:

Monthly Reading Challenges

Monthly reading challenges are a fun way to build excitement about reading! Reading challenges are reading goals you aim to achieve over a certain amount of time. The goals can be related to time spent reading, the number of books, or types of books read.

Reading Challenges

Challenge students to read different types fall themed texts. They can read a book:

  • that takes place in the fall
  • that takes place on a farm
  • with a spooky character
  • about pumpkins
  • about nocturnal animals
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Example of a Fall Reading Challenge

Other types of reading challenges can encourage students to read while doing fall activities such as read a book:

  • in a pile of leaves
  • while drinking apple cider
  • at night with a flashlight
  • to a jack-o-lantern they carved

Reading Logs

Students can use fall reading logs to track their reading goals using fall icons (such as apples, leaves, pumpkins, etc). They can color an apple for each book they read or add a pumpkin every day they read during the month.

Fall Literacy Activities for Reading Buddies

Students can complete various fall literacy activities with their reading buddies. Students can also complete several of these activities by themselves during independent reading.

Book Hunts

Reading buddies can complete fall reading book hunts together. They can look for fall things during their buddy reading literacy center. Some things to look for could be:

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  • apples
  • school supplies
  • pumpkins
  • bats
  • turkeys
  • football
  • pie
  • colorful leaves

Discussion Prompts

Engaging discussion prompts are a fun way to work on students’ oral language skills. They can practice stating their opinions and supporting them with evidence. Some prompts to get them talking:

  • Should you be allowed to eat candy for breakfast? Why or why not?
  • If you could be a farm animal, which would you be and why?
  • What is the best side dish for Thanksgiving dinner?
  • Which season is the best? Why?

Writing Prompts

Students can complete a shared writing activity with a buddy. These fall writing prompts would also be ideal to include in your writing center for students to select from. The options are limitless but here are some ideas to get you started. They can write:

Fall Writing Prompts
  • A story with a scarecrow as the main character
  • A spooky story
  • A list of everything they can make with apples
  • About their favorite candy and why it is the best
  • Directions for carving a pumpkin
  • About a turkey who doesn’t want to become Thanksgiving dinner
  • A recipe for a Thanksgiving side dish
  • A thank you letter

Character Emotions

Students can use a fun fall emotions chart to identify how the characters in the story may be feeling. These charts can also be used at your writing center to encourage students to add more details in their stories.

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Fall Literacy Centers

Making Words Phonics Activity

Making Words is a hands-on phonics activity that promotes students’ phonological awareness and spelling skills. Students manipulate letter tiles to create words by blending the sounds together. They will need to change letters, add letters, and move letters around to spell new words. This multi-sensory approach deepens students’ understanding of how words work.

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Challenge students to see how many words they can find using the letters in fall-themed phrases like Thanksgiving Feast or Johnny Appleseed.

Low-Prep Literacy Centers

Low-prep literacy centers are simple fall literacy activities your students will love. You can make these centers with fall-themed cutouts from Carson Dellosa! As you’re shopping, be sure to use the code READINGROUNDUP10 for 10% off!

Fall Literacy Centers Alphabet Activities Letter Sounds
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All you need to do is write, cut, and/or glue words or pictures onto the cutouts to create endless possibilities for literacy centers. Students can use the cutouts to:

  • Match upper and lower case letters
  • Match letters to pictures with the same initial sounds
  • Create CVC words
  • Practice writing high-frequency words
  • Find rhyming words
  • Create real or nonsense words with blends and digraphs

What other fall literacy activities do your students enjoy? Share with us in the comments!

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