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"
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"
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 paint 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 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.
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.
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.
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 Pumpkin
In the link below you will find a dot to dot number pumpkin outline
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.
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.