Harvest Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teaching your students about what happens come harvest time? This lesson plan outlines aspects of autumn, then details how plants, animals, and people prepare. Students will do an activity focusing on fall harvest.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify characteristics of autumn
  • describe how people, plants, and animals prepare for autumn


  • 50 minutes


  • Cookbooks - you may consider asking children or other teachers to borrow for project
  • Paper
  • Chart paper

Key Vocabulary

  • Autumn
  • Autumnal equinox
  • Harvest

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.1

Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.2

Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3

Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2

Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.


  • Prepare students for learning and engage with the topic by asking students to tell their seatmates their favorite season and why. Share answers and discuss.
  • Tell students they will be learning about the season of autumn, or fall, and what happens during this season. Share prior knowledge.
  • Distribute the lesson Autumn Facts: Lesson for Kids to each student.
  • Have students read the first section 'Autumn' to themselves, then ask:
    • What things happen in autumn?
    • What types of things happen in our community in autumn?
    • What are some unique characteristics of autumn, such as weather, events, etc.?
  • Now read 'The Autumnal Equinox' together as a class. Discuss:
    • What happens on the autumnal equinox?
    • When does the autumnal equinox happen?
    • Why is the autumnal equinox important?
    • Why don't people who live near the Equator have autumn? Would you like that?
  • Have students label their notebooks three sections or pages 'Plants,' 'Animals,' and 'People.' Instruct them to record information as they read the next sections that explains how each of these groups prepares for and changes during autumn.
  • Instruct students to read these sections, taking notes as they do. Pull students who may need extra help to work in a small group with you.
  • Share answers as a class and record on chart paper.
  • Next read the 'Harvest Festivals' section and ask:
    • What types of activities and fun do you have during autumn?
  • Allow students to share traditions, including food.
  • Read the Lesson Summary together and make sure students have appropriate notes.

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