This is the introduction for a set of learning activities to present various concepts
for an acorn or nut theme for the autumn season, a trees theme..
Review the activities in the themes column, and print your choice of lesson
Preparation and introduction:
1. Print and assemble one acorn craft in activity
3 ahead of time to use as a puppet for the introduction and
presentation of the theme.
2. Prepare a display with the alphabet and acorn theme coloring pages
in activity 4.
3. Teachers: Plan for a classroom bulletin board idea that incorporates
the acorn craft:
Titled: Great oaks from little acorns grow in Ms. (Teacher's
4. Have a sampling of different edible nuts: acorns, walnuts,
almonds, chestnuts, and a
nutcracker. The nuts can be
tasted and used as counting manipulatives with the number
worksheets in activity number 6. Important: consider food
allergies. Use nuts only
with children over 3 years of age to avoid shocking hazard.
Below is a suggestion for a presentation. Adapt and revise
the content for your children. Use the craft and attach to a
craft stick or to an old sock with a piece of Velcro to use as a puppet. The
acorn puppet can help "present" some of the information and
interact with the children.
Here is additional information and images about the acorn
tree at Wikipedia.org, the Free Encyclopedia.
Introduction and presentation:
We are going to have fun with a special nut, the acorn!
Here is Acorn (show the acorn craft puppet) "Hello! I am
Acorn, a nut, and also the fruit and seed of the oak tree. When the acorn is
planted in the soil it grows into an oak tree. An oak tree is a
big, beautiful and strong tree. Have you seen an oak tree?
the autumn, the leaves of some oaks "turn colors" and fall to the ground
(point to the oak leaf on the craft). When the leaves fall it means
the tree is getting ready for winter, and in spring it grows back new
green leaves and more acorns.
We can eat certain types of nuts. Nuts are in the meat
group of the food
pyramid (PDF document), and we should eat about two servings a day. Other types of nuts are walnuts, chestnuts
and almonds. Later we will see and taste some of these
nuts. Many animals eat
acorns to grow strong too! What animals do you think eat
acorns? Squirrels, hogs, grouse, wild turkey, woodpeckers and
continue to activity 2 > Language > Great oaks from little acorns grow!
Preparation and introduction
Language > Proverbs > Great oaks from little acorns grow
and bulletin board
Craft > Printable Acorn or Nut
Letter A > A is for Acorn or N is for Nut
Science and Social Studies > Plants, Trees, Nutrition
Counting Autumn Acorns
* Trees & the
* Oak activities & printables
Holidays & season >