Month to Month Activities




I have tried to provide for new teachers or seasoned, a complied list of activities that you will find useful. I am going to keep adding to the list.  Just pick and choose which activities are good for you. Mix them up! Only you know what you need to teach and when.  

Any questions feel free to e mail me.


Please also visit my On Line Themes, Free Worksheets, Enjoying Literacy and of course the Teacher's Page. Just go to the bear below.

**I am writing an Elementary Poetry Book which has lesson plans from August/September to June, a Teacher Workbook, Student Workbook, Syllabus, Pacing Guide and PowerPoint activity.  It will be available sometime in 2005.**




September     October     November     December 

January  February     March       April     May    June

Favorite Authors


September: A time to get to know one another. Keep the classroom management tight, until you feel you can loosen the reins a little. Hopefully by then the students will respect you as much as you respect them. You can also go to Teacher Tips and Back to School Information.                                              


The Kissing Hand

Colors Unit  

Books to Make 

Awesome Autumn  

Lily's Plastic Purse A Teaching Unit  

Back2School ~Ideas



Apple Poems

Topic and Theme Search

Dr. Seuss

Back to School Teaching Theme

Spelling Theme

Books to Read + Activities

I have a pocket chart, now what?

First Day Lesson Plans


Back to School Poems

Teaching is a Work of the Heart 

Create Certificates

Kevin Henkes: Author study



October: A wonderful time of year to continue your study of Autumn or apples.  Of course Christopher Columbus and Halloween are in this delightful month.  Since Halloween is a safety issue, please incorporate that into any plans that you have including Fire Safety Month.

Columbus Day

Pumpkins and Halloween

Fire Safety Month



Spiders -An Internet Treasure Hunt

Columbus Day Poems

Halloween Poems


November: What would November been without the delicious smells of Thanksgiving and remembering the Pilgrims and Indians. Veteran's Day is also in November.


Election Day

Veteran's Day Poems

Scholastic: The First Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving (Pilgrims and Indian history)

Thanksgiving Poetry

Lots of Thanksgiving links



Popcorn Poems




December: Yeah! Christmas and Hanukkah!  Can't wait until vacation!!! 

December Web Links

Christmas Poems and links

About Kwanzaa

Hanukkah Poems and Songs and links


Fairy Tale Unit

Author Study: Jan Brett

Dec. Bulletin Board Project

Christmas Around the World 

The Polar Express

The Grinch



January: It's cold outside!  Let's do something with a little warmth along with some winter activities to please the students.



 Chinese New Year


Martin Luther King



My Body

 January Resources

New Year's Customs

The Snowy Day




February: Many ideas to choose from in this short month. You might need to extend some themes into March.

Black History Month

Biography Month

Valentine's Day

Ground Hog Day Lincoln/     Washington

100th Day of School

Chocolate Theme

Bear Theme Presidents of the US  



March: Spring! A month that is long, but looking forward to the warmer weather, flying kites and don't forget that spring snowstorm!


Color and Light

 Food Group


St. Patrick's Day

Bring on the Clowns






April:   In April you can do almost anything.  Weather, follow the themes of the month, do projects during Earth Day and extend them, or do a unit on Poetry.  I believe Poetry should be taught all year.  That is why I wrote the Elementary Poetry book.


Earth Day Ideas

 Life Cycle of a Butterfly


Medieval Times  

National Poetry Month

Earth Day Poems

April Fool's Day



May: Students are now getting spring fever.  Ask the younger students what spring fever is.  You'll get great ideas.  Put them on a chart to display.  Then tell them what it really is.  Write a poem on Spring Fever.

Animals and reports

The Rain Forest

 Oceans From Egg to Chick



Mother's Day

Mother's Day Tea



June: Flag Day is this month, and what better way than to study our flag and its history. Many schools get out early so use themes that the students can direct themselves.

Our Flag

 Father's Day

Arbor Day

Summer Fun