These are a few of my favorites.
The students write facts about each topic. They also draw pictures to go with their writing. I use the storybook writing paper that leaves space for their pictures at the top.
I also like for the students to complete an art project to go with each topic. This is fun for them and makes a nice fall display in the hall. It also gives them the chance to really think about the structure of each plant or animal.
This is a really simple project. The students use a foam web as a stamper. I create the sparkly gray color by mixing black paint, white paint, and silver glitter. I pre-cut the strips for the legs. I also pre-cut large and small circles for the bodies.
The students have to use their knowledge of spiders to put them together. They have to recall that spiders have 2 body parts and eight legs. The students glue their completed spiders to a piece of ribbon, which they then glue to the web.
Each year we visit the pumpkin patch at Tate Farms. Each student brings home their own pumpkin, and I bring one back for the class. After reading about pumpkins, we make observations about our class pumpkin using our five senses. First we observe the outside of the pumpkin and then we cut it open and look at
After we've completed our observations we make a pumpkin model. This project takes several days to complete. First, we paint the outside of two paper plates orange. The next day, after the outside has dried, we paint the inside peach. Then we glue peach yarn and pumpkin seeds inside. Next, we label the inside parts of the pumpkin-flesh, seeds, and pulp. Finally, I staple the tops of the pumpkins so that they can still be opened up.
I like to let my fall projects hang in the hall until we begin Thanksgiving projects. When they're done being displayed I glue them next to the students writing on construction paper. I staple each student's papers together, and they have a nice fall book to bring home.