By the time October rolls around, you and your students have likely found a nice rhythm for your daily routine. However, for your students who celebrate Halloween, October can be a month filled with distracting anticipation of candy, costumes, and trick-or-treating. In this post, I’m sharing some of my favorite Kindergarten Activities for October that will keep your students engaged in learning. You’ll be able to incorporate some seasonal fun into your daily routine as you keep your classroom running smoothly.
Kindergarten Activities for October
Whether you’re looking to enhance your homework or bring some seasonal fun to centers, these kindergarten activities will help you keep learning on track in your classroom. These are definitely helpful activities to keep in your teacher toolbox during the month of October. You might even notice some resources that you already have on hand!
October Morning Work
A morning work routine can come in handy when students seem a bit more excited than usual. In fact, a touch of seasonal fun on your morning work printables can really grab your students’ attention as they find their seats first thing in the morning. This gives you time to check in with individual students and take care of any loose ends before a productive day of learning.
These literacy and math printables use a similar format for each day, so students will need minimal assistance to navigate these tasks. Plus, the activities are designed to review skills that students have learned prior to October. The end result is morning work that gives your class a quick win to start the day on the right foot!
Literacy Centers for October
Centers are one of my favorite ways to bring seasonal activities to the classroom without impacting the daily routine. You don’t have to pause learning in order to have a little bit of seasonal or holiday fun!
As students master letters and sounds, they will be ready to add letter identification to beginning sounds practice. After identifying the picture on each task card, students will clip the pumpkin with the correct letter for the beginning sound. You can make this a self-correcting activity by putting a sticker behind the answer, on the back of each task card. After clipping a letter, students will just flip over the task card to see if their clothespin lines up with the sticker.
Your students can also continue to practice letter formation with this pumpkin-themed activity. Students can trace the letter on each pumpkin before they try writing it themselves. For students who need an additional challenge, you could encourage them to write the lowercase letter that matches the uppercase letter on the task card.
Math Centers for October
You can also bring some festive learning to your math practice during centers time!
This spider-themed 2D shape matching activity is perfect for spooky season! Students will find the spider with a body shape that matches the large web on the task card. This is another great opportunity to create a hand-strengthening clip activity to your centers rotation!
If your students could use more practice with number sense, this pumpkin activity is a fun option! Students will spin and identify a number, then copy it onto the task card. Students will the count the correct number of manipulatives as they add them to a ten frame. You can use any small objects you have on hand for the counters: orange pom poms, pumpkin erasers, or even orange snap cubes! For some additional fine motor practice you could even add some tweezers for students to use to transfer objects onto the ten frame.
Fall Leaf Craft
Crafts are an engaging way to help students practice many different skills at once. This adorable fall leaves craft is no exception! As students create this craft, they will be creating patterns with the fall leaves, strengthening their fine motor skills as they cut and glue, and practicing their listening skills as they follow assembly instructions.
For this craft, students will attach colorful fall leaves to the paper in a pattern. You can either copy the leaf prints onto colored paper or have students color the leaves themselves. Either way, the final product will look great on a fall bulletin board!
Number Practice Books
For even more number sense practice, these printable mini books are a must-have! Students can build a strong foundation for the rest of the school year with these number practice booklets.
Each number practice book gives students the chance to practice number formation, counting, number words, ten frames, and more! There are individual booklets for each number between 1 and 20, which makes it a great option for individualized, targeted number practice. You can easily print off the books for numbers that your students need to review. This practice is great for math centers, small groups, early finisher activities, or even homework.
No Prep Printables for October
October can also be a prime time for the fall sniffles! This is a time when a few no-prep printables can come in handy! You can pull out these activities for a last-minute sub, knowing that students will be reviewing appropriate skills for that point of the school year.
These printable math and literacy activities have a similar format from month to month. This means that students can focus more on the skills they’re reviewing and less on navigating the actual task.
Kindergarten Activities for October
All of the activities pictured above (and more!) can be found in one easy-to-download resource. This bundle of Kindergarten Activities for October will help you keep learning on track in your classroom during this exciting month! To take a closer look at everything included in this bundle, just click below to find it in my shop.
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