The Farmer In October
October is often inundated with Halloween, and for schools who don't celebrate that, it's sometimes hard to find "harvest' related activities. I wrote The Farmer In October with a harvest theme in mind, because of that. I've included a teacher's copy, with manipulatives that you can laminate so that your story can be interactive.
There is a "cut & glue" version for students, to reinforce fine motor skills. Have students transition to this activity after reading the teacher’s edition. It makes a nice independent reading/writing center or great Daily 5 activity.
If you’d like to do Daily 5 “word work” use the traceable flashcards that are included.
Have students combine them with other word wall word flashcards, from other packets, to make sentences. After everyone completes their booklet, gather children in a circle and act out the story. Manipulatives are included.
The Farmer in October can be sung to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell. The "characters" in the story are fruits and vegetables that he harvests. Students can play these parts just like the farmer's wife, the dog, cheese etc. in Farmer In The Dell. Children make a circle and sing The Farmer in October song, picking fruits/veggies and having them stand in the middle, as you would for The Farmer In The Dell.
I've also included, a graphing extension, as well as a tally sheet to incorporate math with reading! Click on the link to view/download The Farmer in October 28-page packet.
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