Engaging Fall Activities for Middle School


Fall activities for middle school

Fall Activities Found!
Middle school students still like those fun seasonal activities:-)

Many years ago (I have no idea how many) I used a graph paper, pattern coloring activity with my middle-schoolers. I don’t remember where the idea came from, and I had even forgotten that I ever used it!
However, I was looking through an old “November” file to find some ideas for a fun activity for a sub day, and found the tracers and examples in my file.

When I found it, I DID remember that the kids really enjoy this activity. My middle schoolers had fun creating the patterns and deciding what colors to include. So, I gathered materials (graph paper, tracers, colored pencils, thin black markers, construction paper) and left them for the sub, with the directions below:

Fall Graph Paper Pictures

1. Students take one piece of graph paper (I use the tiny squares, but younger students could use larger ones).
2. Place the tracer (tracers below) under the graph paper and trace the outline and details of the shape.
3. Color the squares with different shades, alternating light and dark (colored pencils work better than markers), or different colors.
4. When finished, outline in black, and go over detail lines in a darker color.
5. Cut out and glue onto construction paper.
middle school fall activities pumpkin on graph paper

middle school fall activities turkey on graph paper

This is a great way to create attractive pictures any time. I was just so excited to find it again that I thought I’d share:-) You can click on the pumpkin or turkey pictures below to download the tracers.
Fall Tracers
Free pumpkin tracer for fun fall art activity.

Free turkey tracer for fun fall art activity.

Free fall cross-number puzzle.

​Free Cross Number Puzzle
For more academic activities, I also included the math cross number puzzle pictured here, as well as a Fall math color by number and Fall Footloose math game. The color by number and Footloose are both mixed math practice and great to use for review any time (I use in 6th grade math).

I hope you find some of these Fall activities useful!


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  • All subject areas in 4th and 5th grades
  • Math, ELA, and science in 6th grade (middle school)

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