Now that you have been in school for a few weeks (or in some parts of the country, longer), you have probably figured out who those fast finishers are in your class, and you might be looking for some activities to keep them challenged. Here is a free set of 20 autumn-themed, opened-ended task cards that will do the job quite nicely. Most of the activities are writing-based and will require your students to think creatively and critically. No worries if your school does not celebrate Halloween; these cards are based on autumn and none of the activities are holiday-based.
While some of the activities on these cards do correlate with Common Core Standards (for example, one card require students to write persuasively, and several others deal with figurative language), this particular set was not designed with the Common Core in mind. I am a big believer in the importance of teaching creative and critical thinking, and it was with that goal that I created these cards. If you are looking for an autumn resource based on Common Core Standards, you may want to check out Autumn ELA Task Cards, which focus on a variety of the Language standards.