Free Autumn Unit Study and Lapbook From The Old Schoolhouse Magazine


The wonderful folks at Old Schoolhouse Magazine are giving away another freebie!  This one looks so fun for the kids!  I can’t wait to start it.

It’s 86 pages packed with activities to do that will teach your children all about autumn.  Here’s a look at the week you’ll be enjoying together (an excerpt from the website):


There’s much more than this, but here’s the week at a glance highlighting a few of the fun learning and lapbook activities to explore with your children:

Monday, Day 1:  What is Autumn?

  • Take a fascinating look at the earth, the sun, and the seasons.
  • How do the trees change? When is sunrise and sunset in your town?
  • Begin work on a vocabulary lapbook activity, adding to it each day.
  • Your kids will be fascinated with video links such as: “What Causes Seasons?”, “Earth Seasons with Bill Nye the Science Guy.”
  • Make a “Changing Seasons” wheel and “Seasons” flap book.

Tuesday, Day 2:  Science Secrets of Autumn

  • How are nuts and acorns spread in autumn? What is a harvest moon?
  • Find answers to “Why do leaves change color?” with lots of video clips.
  • Do the “pigments of autumn leaves” lapbook activity and make a leaf rubbing book.
  • Explore leaf identification Internet sites and compare to your collection.

Wednesday, Day 3:  People and Places of Autumn

  • Answer questions for the Johnny Appleseed petal book.
  • There’s a lot to learn about apples—good for cooking, crafts and more! Make apple recipe cards that fit in a special pocket for your lapbook.
  • What is a harvest, and what is being harvested near you?
  • Take virtual visits around the country to see what autumn looks like in other places. Enjoy coloring and activity pages!
  • Watch “The Seasons” powerhouse animation.

Thursday, Day 4:  Time for Tips and Treasures of Autumn

  • Create animal hibernation and migration matchbooks.
  • Develop a time chart of the earth’s position during the seasons.
  • Investigate migrating Monarch butterflies and make a Monarch butterflies book.
  • Learn about the life cycle of pumpkins, and who taught the pilgrims how to grow them!
  • Watch a video of a black bear and cubs in hibernation.

Friday, Day 5:  Goodies and Gadgets of Autumn (Fridays are fun days!)

  • Where does popcorn come from, and how does it pop? Fashion a book about the process of making popcorn.
  • Study the history and manufacturing process of candy corn—that fun autumn candy. Watch the video!
  • How do they make apple cider?
  • Make a beautiful fall foliage bouquet and decorate with fruit and vegetable prints.
  • Creative writing lapbook project: Why do you love autumn?

Plus there are additional fun family ideas: projects, crafts, and recipes.


Although, I don’t know what my kids will think when I start to tell them about all the beautiful autumn colors!  You see, we live in Central Florida – the trees don’t turn any kind of color but green and brown.  Not particularly exciting.  Maybe I’ll look up some pictures online of beautiful fall colors.

Enjoy your lapbook!

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