Preschool and Kindergarten Halloween

Lesson Plans Aligned to Meet the Kindergarten Common Core

The emergent readers and follow-up literacy and math activities have been created to assist teachers in meeting their common core outcomes.

Kindergarten Emergent Reader 1- Down at the Pumpkin Patch

Focus Letter Sounds:  "Pp" for pumpkin and "Ss" for stars

Possible Sight Words:  we, see, funny, down, in and the

Sample Page from the reader "Down at the Pumpkin Patch"

Another Version
This version was created in response to my own students having trouble identifying numbers.  This reader focuses on numbers 2-6.  The students are required to draw the amount of pumpkins indicated in the text during guided reading time.


Kindergarten Emergent Reader 2- Scarecrows Looking At Me

Focus Letter Sounds:  "Ss" for scarecrows

Possible Sight Words:  look, at, me, is and it

Sample Page  from the reader "Scarecrows Looking at Me"

Kindergarten Emergent Reader 3 - Autumn Time

Key Focus of the Reader

Introduce the signs of Fall

Sample Page from the reader "Autumn Time"

Halloween Literacy Activity - What's in the Cave?
In our classroom we have a large black box that has become a cave.  You can also use sheets draped over chairs.  The students crawl through the cave with a flashlight to find a lazy lizard, a fat bat, a clever snake, a friendly frog, a shy spider, a gentle bird and a busy bee.  You can use the pictures found in the link below.  We use plastic ones. Each time they find one of these animals, it is marked off on the sheet provided in the link below.

Halloween Day Reading Project

First, I will read the book "What's in the Cave?"  This book is now out of print but I have created a retelling of it in the link below.  I will project the book on the Smart Board to use as a shared reading experience.  I will also download the Smart Board activity on the classroom computers so the students can drag the animals mentioned in the text to the cave.  After, they can draw a picture of a monster they might see in the cave (using the drawing tools).
Each student will receive a black and white version of the book to read to their parents. During guided reading time I will take a small group of students with me to read the book again.  They will also draw a picture of a monster that they might see in the cave. After, this group will explore the cave and mark off the animals that they find.  The other students are doing a craft with my assistant, on the computers or visiting the other Halloween play stations.

What's  in the Cave Color Version

What's in the Cave Black and White Version

What's In the Cave Smart Board Activity

Kindergarten and Preschool Halloween Craft Projects

Witch and Wizard Craft

 Children can trace or the teacher can have a large triangle on black or blue construction paper.  Children cut out the triangle.  After, they would color the head and hands.  These would be added to the triangular body (templates in the theme unit).  Add arms using two strips of construction paper.  Cut and glue on the hands.

Follow-up Craft - Crayon Resist Night Scene

Read Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night by Anne Rockwell.  After, the children can color the Jack-o'-lantern and moon with wax crayons.  Black Pumpkin Man Craftpaint would be thinned out with water.  The children would paint over top of the scene to make it appear as a night scene.  Stars could be added.  A discussion would take place on how wax is water repellent.

Pumpkin Man CraftCrayon Resist Pumpkin Craft

After reading the book Pumpkin People Sandra Lightburn, the pumpkin man craft would be used as a follow-up. Color or paint, cut and assemble the pumpkin man templates similar to what is displayed in the photograph above.

Adding Music to the Pumpkin Man Craft

The children close their eyes while a child hides the pumpkin man.  Sing the song to the tune of Have you Seen the Muffin Man?

Have you seen the pumpkin man, the pumpkin man, the pumpkin man?  Have you seen the pumpkin man?  Where can he be?  A copy of the craft project would be hidden in different locations for the children to search for.

Haunted House Craft
The students painted the background orange, yellow and red as viewed in the photograph on one day.  The shapes rectangles and triangles were traced on black paper.  The students cut these out and glued them on the paper the next day to make the haunted house.  The additional scene was prepared in advance and the students added these after.  If you are a member, you will have access to the shapes that were used to make the house.  These can be used as templates to trace.

Pumpkin Shape Craft                              

Children can make a shape pumpkin using the shapes circle, rectangle and triangle as shown in the photograph.  The children can trace on construction paper, paint or color the shapes and cut them out.  Pinking shears could be used to form the jagged edges on the rectangle mouth.

Kindergarten and Preschool Halloween Literacy Centers

Focus Sound Spinning Top Game
The pumpkin template would be cut and placed in a pizza pan (so top doesn't fall off).  The students would twist a top, say the name of the picture the top landed on and determine if it makes a "Pp" for pumpkin sound or "Ss" for stars sound.  They would print the correct letter that corresponds to the sound heard.

Pumpkin Patch Racing Game
Print the letters of the alphabet on decorative rocks or bingo chips, leaving some rocks not printed on.  Students dig for a rock and see if it has an alphabet letter printed on it.  If it has a letter printed on it, then they must say the name of the letter and place it on the game board.  The game is over once the game board has all the rocks placed on it.

Sight Word Pumpkin Patch Racing Game

Students roll a die and move their game player accordingly.  They must say the name of word that they landed on and mark this on their word chart.  The game is over once all the words have been marked off.

How to Play These Games 
View how to play these games on YouTube


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Preschool and Kindergarten Math Centers

Number Recognition Activities
Students would spin the top, say the name of the number they landed on and then practice printing the number.  The students could also display the correct amount of pumpkin seeds that are displayed.

Roll the Die Pumpkin Patch Game
The students would roll a die and mark off the number represented in the pumpkin patch.  The game would continue until all the numbers are marked off.

Pumpkin Sizing  and Counting
Read "How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin" by Margaret McNamara. Together count the large pumpkin seeds.  Have a discussion on which pumpkin had the most seeds.  The book does a great job of explaining that the biggest pumpkin does not necessarily have the most seeds.  You can't always tell how many seeds a pumpkin has until you open it but there are clues. If a pumpkin is a darker orange and has more lines on the outside, it will likely have more seeds.  For each line outside, there is a row of seeds.  The longer a pumpkin grows, the more lines it has and becomes darker.  The older the pumpkin, the more seeds it will have.

Show three pumpkins (small, medium and large).  Have the children order them in terms of size and weight.  Estimate how many seeds are in the small pumpkin.  Clean out the small pumpkin and together count the seeds.

Dot to Dot Number PumpkinMath Books

In the link below you will find a dot to dot number pumpkin outline

Dot to Dot Pumpkin

Preschool-Kindergarten Math Program

If you are a member, you can follow the Math Focus program that has been specifically developed for meeting the curriculum instead of the above math activities.

Science Center

Place the seeds, pumpkin and pulp from the small pumpkin on newspaper.  Place magnifying glasses at the center.  The children can touch, smell and closely look at the parts of a pumpkin.  

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