9 October Favorites (and FREEBIES)

Happy Fall, teacher friends! The beginning of the year is officially OVER and it is now that wonderful time of year where your routines are in place and real learning is happening! Hopefully, temperatures are cooling down, too! October is one of the best teaching months because there are just SO many wonderful ideas out there. I thought I would share a few of my favorite October resources (and freebies!!) 
This *freebie* by Cait’s Cool School includes a week long set of Halloween-themed questions that will help to build a strong community in your classroom. Questions are a combination of thought-provoking, motivational, seasonally relevant, and sometimes a little silly. They are perfect for morning meetings or morning work! 

If you are looking for less Halloween and more general Autumn, check out her Question of the Day Fall Themed Questions.

This Nonfiction Halloween Reader and Categorization activity by Totally Elementary is perfect for your emergent readers in October! Students are able to read this nonfiction emergent reader independently using key Halloween vocabulary words and sight words. 

After reading the book, work with students to categorize the Halloween facts learned from the book into four groups: Date, Colors, Symbols and Activities. This helps students make connections to the text and organize the new information learned into categories.

One area I struggle with is teaching science. I know that students LOVE it because it’s engaging and exciting but the preparation and supplies just get the best of me. I was determined to make a change so I created my very own science unit for October. There are four October-themed science activities (no Halloween references!) and it includes vocabulary and writing! #winwin 
We did our first science challenge last week: Spider Dinner Drop! I loved seeing my students work together to plan and problem solve. You can find everything you need for planning these science lessons here:

Another October math topic in 2nd grade is comparing numbers. I have these (free) Comparing Pumpkins cards I use as a math center. They would be great for small groups, too! I have mine printed on card stock and laminated so students can write on them with a dry erase marker!
Comparing Pumpkins: Ten task cards with recording sheet *Freebie*

Next is an adorable math craftivity from Becky from The Class Couple. We will be working on 2 digit fact families this month so it will be perfect to differentiate for my little learners! You can find it here: Bat Fact Family Craft

Lauren from Teaching in Stripes has SO many Fall/Halloween themed activities. This *freebie* will help your students practice ordering 2 & 3 digit numbers in a variety of ways! I love this pumpkin cut and sort puzzle. Students fill in the missing numbers to complete the puzzle. 

These autumn themed printables cover many beginning of the year 2nd grade skills! My students LOVE anything that incorporates some coloring, too! We keep our graphing skills sharp all year long.

This month we will be working on place value so I know my kiddos will need A LOT of practice in many different forms. They include skip counting, comparing numbers and more! I use these for centers, homework, morning work and independent practice. 

Next week, we will be working on even and odd numbers. This is one of my favorite math topics to teach! And I just LOVE this *FREE* Even and Odd Scoot by School and the City. It will be the perfect assessment after we spend a few days practicing!
Fall Into Even and Odd - Autumn-Themed Math Scoot

Last but not least, how cute are these mini-reading by Kaitlynn Albani? I will be using these with one of my reading groups this week. I love that they are foldable books and include questions! Find them free in her store here: Reading Comprehension Mini Readers for Fall
FREE Reading Comprehension - Mini Readers for Fall

Hope you were able to find something useful for your classroom! What’s one of your fall favorites?

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