Clifford the Big Red Dog: Fall-Themed Math and Reading Activities
written by: Donna Cosmato
• edited by: Trent Lorcher
• updated: 10/22/2013
In this Clifford the Big Red Dog learning about autumn lesson plan, Clifford and Emily Elizabeth celebrate Clifford’s first Autumn. This literacy lesson plan includes teaching activities like math word problems and writing instructions for favorite autumn memories.
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Lesson Overview and Objectives
This Clifford the Big Red Dog learning lesson is designed for elementary students who read and write independently. Present it as-is or adapt to fit specific curriculum standards. It takes about 45 minutes.
You will need a copy of Clifford’s First Autumn and the teacher worksheets provided below. Math and literacy skills are encouraged while students hear about Emily Elizabeth and Clifford’s autumn adventures.
Exercising math and critical thinking skills
Encouraging deductive reasoning
Predicting events based on pictures
Encouraging emergent readers
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Teaching the Lesson
Show the book cover to the class. Ask the children to predict what the story will be about, and record their predictions. Test their predictions at the conclusion of the book to see how closely they match the story events.
Use these discussion questions:
How old is Clifford when the story takes place?
What time of year is it when the story starts?
What season comes after summer?
How did Clifford know that autumn had arrived?
Why couldn’t Clifford chase the birds anymore?
What did Clifford find in the leaves?
What happened when Clifford ran with the football?
Write four interesting sentences telling what you like best about autumn. Be sure to capitalize letters that need capitalization and use correct punctuation. Use at least two of the following words in your sentences: frosty, pumpkins, leaves, football
Here is a series of teacher lesson plans about Clifford the Big Red Dog learning about holidays with Emily Elizabeth. This series includes autumn, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentine's Day holiday lesson plans. Printable teacher worksheets are included.