Last fall, I posted an autumn word list, an alphabetical list of about 70 words that could be useful in a variety of autumn themed activities. This time, I thought I would update a little with some ideas for using those words in a variety of autumn activities. I’ll add the list again in this post, and you can download a copy below.
Autumn Vocabulary Activities
- Alliteration Challenge – Students choose pairs of words that begin with the same sound from an autumn word list to create alliterative phrases. Amber autumn. Cinnamon cider. Pilgrims on parade.
- Autumn Imagery – Students include words from the list as they write about the sights, sounds, tastes, smells, and feeling of autumn.
- Funny Autumn Themes – Students combine any two words from the list to create either a character or a theme that they will then use in a story. Choosing two words that don’t at first seem to go together can make for a fun, funny story. This can be a silly writing assignment for small groups to work on together. A ghost baking gingerbread. Zombies having a tailgate party.
- Word Search Two Ways – Students search in newspapers, class literature books, or other sources for autumn-related words to create their own list. At the end, combine students’ lists for a nice, big class list of autumn words. Or use the words from this list to make your own word search puzzle, the kind kids always seem to love where they hunt for the words in a big square of letters.
- Autumn Descriptive Writing – Given a selection of common autumn words, students write about autumn or Thanksgiving using all of the words. This could be either a descriptive essay or a quick, timed-writing or writing fluency activity.
- Use words from the list to create riddles for your students to solve, or use the words for a quick game of hangman (or whatever you call it).
- Scattergories Type Game – Using “Autumn” as your overall theme, give students a list of ten general topics. One possible list would be: leaves, pumpkins, weather, Halloween, Thanksgiving, bonfires, foods, drinks, aromas, and history.
Autumn Word List
You can download the work list here: Autumn Word List
Do you have a good idea for autumn word games? Leave a suggestion in the comments, and I’ll add it to my list.
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