I always breathe a sigh of relief as the calendar moves from September to October. Not only do I look forward to boots with dresses and PSL (I know, I know), but I also welcome the resemblance of a classroom routine now that Back to School is winding down.
October is when I notice many student “lightbulbs” may be going off here and there, plus I’m learning more about what gaps we can fill up through targeted literacy intervention. October in the classroom can be a huge time of growth and transition!
In this blogpost, I’m sharing a few of my tried and true materials for October…you may notice some festive, fall fun on the outside, but there’s also some solid literacy practice included, too!
Boo! Phonics and Sight Word Blast Game
I’ve written about my Blast games before (pick up a free set HERE!). This is our Halloween set and these adorable characters catch even my toughest cookie’s attention! At this point in the school year, my intervention groups are mostly focused on brushing up our CVC words, but there are additional card sets to differentiate up or down for your learners.
Personal Writing Lists
These lists match our favorite October read alouds and offer enough support to motivate my writers during Work on Writing (Guided Reading Daily 5)! This writing set is still growing, but the autumn themes already included and ready to go are:
Sensory Bins Word Work
Are you looking for more ideas to incorporate hands-on play? I have weekly sensory bins to match our interactive read alouds, but if you don’t want to switch them as often, I also have monthly themes in my “Spill It!” bundle. Students will dig into the bins, pull out the themed cards, and use the alphabet cards to build their own seasonal words! If you’re looking to “bump it up,” you could add seasonal sentence cards to your bins instead!
Here’s our latest sensory bin for the not-so-Creepy Carrots (such a fantastic book!):
As you can probably tell, we LOVE celebrating seasons, but instead of designating a specific day for holiday fun, we like to sprinkle it in all month long!
What are your favorite classroom activities for October?