My Pumpkin Book Easy Reader
October will soon be here; this easy reader covers a variety of standards, skills and subjects.
You can use the straight version of the booklet and concentrate on reading and writing skills, or you can use the "cut and glue" version (pictured) and incorporate fine motor, cutting, gluing, sequencing, listening and following direction skills as well.
When students make these easy readers you can review concepts of print with them by asking simple questions: Where is the cover, where is the back page, what is the title? (RI.K5) They will delight in the fact that they are part author as well as the illustrator of the booklet. (RI.K6
You can point out to them that the first word in the sentence is capitalized (L.K2a) and remind them to capitalize it when they rewrite their sentence. Ask them what the end punctuation is. (L.K2b) and again remind them how important it is to include it when they write their sentence. By rewriting sentences or making up additional ones, in some of my easy readers, children are practicing and reinforcing these standards.
Students are also following words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page. (RF.K3a ) They are seeing and understanding that words are separated by spaces in print as they trace and then write them. (RF.K3d)
I specifically choose common high-frequency words in the easy readers and repeat them through out the booklets so that simply via repetition students learn them. (the, of, to, you, she, he, my, is, are, a, do, does, it, etc.) This is also a Common Core State Standard: (RF.K3c)
The text has rhyming words which make it a fun read-aloud as well as covering RF.K2a which is being able to recognize and produce rhuyming words. Take this opportunity to ask your students what other word(s) rhyme with that word. Which other ones could have fit that would make sense in the sentence.
This easy reader makes a nice activity for Daily 5 or an independent reading or writing center for October. When everyone has completed their booklet, be sure to read it together as a whole group to review concepts of print.
Because the life cycle of a pumpkin is also sequenced, this is a nice way to cover a bit of pumpkin science too. so don't forget to point out the various stages as you read it aloud.
Why not laminate a completed booklet, attach Velcro or magnet strips to the back and have students sequence the stages on a flannel or white board?
Children will enjoy taking it home to share with their family, which will reinforce lessons learned at school.
Click on the link to view/download My Pumpkin Booklet
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My October Senses-Some Fun Activities
Here's a few fresh ideas to teach science and writing at the same time!
My 5 October Senses is a wonderful writing extension that not only will help your students understand the important use of descriptive words in their writing, but will review the 5 senses as well.
It’s great for helping younger students increase their vocabulary skills too.
Keep it easy for very young children and have them simply complete the sentence: I see a… pumpkin, or I see… an orange pumpkin.
Brainstorm with your students and discuss possible things they see, hear, taste, smell and can touch during the month of October.
Label the various categories on the board.
Jot down your students’ ideas under each category.
As an example, choose one from each category and have students think of “describing words” for the thing they see, sound they hear, taste, smell or how that item feels.
Make sure YOU have personally filled out a sheet, so you have an example to share with your students.
I even did this as a small group activity with my college students for the English comp. course I teach on Tuesday and Thursday nights!
They enjoyed munching on a Dixie cup of candy corn, while they worked with 3 other students to come up with a great descriptive sentence for each sense.
This was my example for my college students:
Click on the link to view/print a copy of the “My 5 Senses Descriptive Candy-Corn Writing Grid”
My 5 Senses Take Shape Is a cute cut and glue the matching pictures to the appropriate sense booklet. The pictures are in a specific shape so you have an extra standard you can review at the same time.
This month’s October Apple Bytes included an adorable My 5 Senses Inside My Pumpkin booklet. Why not consider becoming a Subscriber and you too can receive our 50 - 70+ pages Newsletter Packet each month!
Sam's Senses Pumpkin:
Another fun activity you can do to review the senses this month is to have your students label Sam the Senses Pumpkin. Click on the link for Sam's 5 Senses Pumpkin.
Trace your students’ hands. Children cut and glue them to a 9-inch by 1-inch strip of yellow construction paper that they have accordion folded into arms.
Students cut and glue the words for the five senses and label their pumpkin. Trim up Sam and dangle him in the hallway.
Plan ahead for November, and review the 5 senses again, by printing off a copy of My Pilgrims Senses, just click on the link.
Do you have an idea about the 5 senses that works for you? I’d enjoy hearing about it.