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Fall Counseling Activities for Grades K-2

Fall is by far my favorite season.  I love everything about it.  The pumpkin picking, corn mazes, apple cider, apple cider doughnuts, and the beautiful foliage all come together to form a perfect season.  October in the classroom means that all the newness has disappeared and this is when you can start incorporating some fun activities into the hustle and grind of aligning standards and teacher observations.

My new fall product is kid tested and approved!  I have used this in a small group atmosphere but it can also be used as a whole group lesson.  The students will love the fall theme and the pumpkin activities!  This took me 4 – 30 minute sessions to complete due to discussions we have with each feeling word.  I include COLOR AND B&W, however, I like the B&W so the students can personalize the pumpkin on the front cover, but you do what is best for your group.

TpT Pumpkin Activity Packet

First, to introduce this lesson I have the students watch a short video (5 mins) based on the book The Legend of Spookley The Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano; Susan Banta.  Click on the link below to access the video.

Discussion usually follows and I stop it a few times during the video to make sure the students are comprehending the theme of the video.

I then pass out the Pumpkin Feelings Packet.  Depending on the group I will make the packets before the students arrive or the students will make the packet themselves.

This packet consists of 10 pages of feelings activities! What is included? Feelings:  Sleepy, Worried, Upset, Angry, Happy, and Excited.  Also, a Word Search, Face and Feelings Matching Game, and Draw a Feeling on a Pumpkin.

Once the packet is finished – on the last day we play the Pumpkin Patch Feelings Match – a super fun game that can be played numerous ways, depending on the age and the amount of time.  slide1

This is included with the Pumpkin Activity Packet or you can download this FREEBIE separately.  All the different ways to play are also included in the download as well.

I hope your students enjoy this activity as much as mine!

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