October Activities for Elementary Students (Grades 1-5) in 2023

If you are looking for fun October activities for elementary students, then you found the right place! This post will share some of the best resources for teaching and celebrating some popular holidays and events like Halloween, Indigenous Peoples Day, and more. Learn all about the October activities below!

20 October Literacy Activities

Below are some reading and writing activities that are perfect for the month of October.

October Reading Activities

Learn about the book companion and graphic organizer resources below.

Book Companions for October Books

These book companion resources are part of my Starts With a Story collection. Each of them include reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, SEL lesson ideas, printable and digital students activities, and much more. Learn more about each of the book companions below!

I Need My Monster book companionCrankenstein book companionClick, Clack, Boo book companionThe Hallo-Wiener book companionPig the Monster book companion
Bonaparte Falls Apart book companion coverThe Good, The Bad, and the Spooky book companionTurkey Trick or Treat book companion coverThe Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything book companionBone Soup
Pumpkin Books
Pumpkin Soup book companionThe Biggest Pumpkin Ever book companionLittle Boo book companionStumpkin book companionBig Pumpkin book companion
Too Many Pumpkins book companionPumpkin Town book companionPumpkin Jack book companionThe Ugly Pumpkin book companionThe Runaway Pumpkin book companion
Bat Books
Bats at the LibraryNightsongBats Big GameBat Loves the Night
Spider Books
The Spider and The FlyThe Very Busy SpiderI'm Trying to Love SpidersDiary of a Spider
Witch Books
How to Catch a WitchAlice and Greta book companionBig Pumpkin book companionPiggie Pie book companionRoom on the Broom book companion

Reading Graphic Organizer Activities

The reading graphic organizer resources below can be used with any book related to each of their topics. The best part is that the graphic organizer templates can be used over and over again because of their open-ended nature. Learn more about them below!

October graphic organizers

These graphic organizer activities pair really well with the lists of read alouds below. Check them out!

October Writing Activities

Learn about the writing resources for October below.

Writing Prompt Activities

The October writing prompts are available by themselves or as part of a monthly writing prompt bundle. It includes 10 different genres of writing: Creative, informative, opinion, narrative, procedural, descriptive, review, persuasive, poetry, and letter writing. They offer fun and engaging writing activities that will motivate your students to practice their writing skills and inspire a love of writing. Learn more about them below.

October Writing Promptsmonthly writing prompts

Writing Assessments

Periodically, you’ll want to capture a snapshot of your students’ current writing abilities. You can share this writing sample with their next year’s teacher to offer them some insight into their future students’ abilities. In addition, it’s great for sharing with families at conferences and using it as report card evidence. This autumn writing resource is available by itself or as part of a year-long writing assessment bundle. Learn more about it below!

Fall writing assessmentwriting assessments

October Math Activities

Below are some math activities that are perfect for the month of October.

October Math Word Problems

These October word problems are each part of larger year-long collections. Learn more about your grade level by selecting it below.

October Spiral Review Worksheets

Spiral review is the idea that, after introducing and teaching a foundational concept or skill, students continue to practice it regularly throughout the school year in order to maintain what they have learned. It is also known as the spiral learning method, spiral approach or spiral instruction. It is an integral part of every 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classroom.

Check out these October-themed spiral review activities that are part of larger resources. Select your grade level below!

first grade math spiral review activities

We hope you found these October activities for elementary students helpful!

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