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Pumpkin Activities

1-2-3 Come Make a Venn Friend With Me

Venn diagrams are a quick, easy & fun way to introduce the concept of comparison-contrast writing.

fall bulletin board ideas, Apple activities, apple crafts, Venn diagrams, pumpkin activities, pumpkn crafts, turkey activities, turkey crafts, Pilgrim activities, Pilgrim crafts, Thanksgiving activities, native american activities, native american crafts, fall writing promptsYears ago, I came up with the concept of students choosing a partner to make a "Venn Friend" with, as an interesting way for students to get to know each other.

I designed the fall "Venn Friends" packet, which feature apples, pumpkins, leaves, turkeys, Pilgrims & Native Americans.

fall bulletin board ideas, Apple activities, apple crafts, Venn diagrams, pumpkin activities, pumpkn crafts, turkey activities, turkey crafts, Pilgrim activities, Pilgrim crafts, Thanksgiving activities, native american activities, native american crafts, fall writing promptsIntroduce the lesson with the "What's a Venn diagram?" poster.

To help them do a thorough job completing their Venn diagram and jump start the writing process, I've included a list of 40 questions that they can choose from to discuss with their partner.

fall bulletin board ideas, Apple activities, apple crafts, Venn diagrams, pumpkin activities, pumpkn crafts, turkey activities, turkey crafts, Pilgrim activities, Pilgrim crafts, Thanksgiving activities, native american activities, native american crafts, fall writing promptsEach student does their own "different" portion of the "circle", and then, once they glue their "circles" together, they take turns recording the similarities that they have with their Venn Friend, using the middle "same" section.

I used a "pumpkin seed" for the middle of the Pumpkin Venn Friends, and an acorn for the leaf ones. 

You can see little boy & girl "toppers" in the pumpkin photo. 

fall bulletin board ideas, Apple activities, apple crafts, Venn diagrams, pumpkin activities, pumpkn crafts, turkey activities, turkey crafts, Pilgrim activities, Pilgrim crafts, Thanksgiving activities, native american activities, native american crafts, fall writing promptsThese are black & white so kiddos can color them.  Use them on the pumpkins, leaves or apples. 

fall bulletin board ideas, Apple activities, apple crafts, Venn diagrams, pumpkin activities, pumpkn crafts, turkey activities, turkey crafts, Pilgrim activities, Pilgrim crafts, Thanksgiving activities, native american activities, native american crafts, fall writing promptsI encourage students to do a boy/girl Venn friend, not only so they have an extra "difference" but so they can see how much they truly have in common with eachother.

Doing a Name Venn with a classmate, is another option, and practices upper & lowercase letters, along with name recognition & counting

fall bulletin board ideas, Apple activities, apple crafts, Venn diagrams, pumpkin activities, pumpkn crafts, turkey activities, turkey crafts, Pilgrim activities, Pilgrim crafts, Thanksgiving activities, native american activities, native american crafts, fall writing promptsI also incorporate the concept of “greater & less than” with this activity, as students decide who has the most or least number of letters in their name.

I’ve made a sample using an apple, as I do this in September, for a “Getting to Know You” activity for “Back to School”.   There are 3 sets of letter tiles for your kiddos to choose from.

My Y5s enjoy this activity so much, I repeat it in October with pumpkins, and see quite a bit of improvement.

fall bulletin board ideas, Apple activities, apple crafts, Venn diagrams, pumpkin activities, pumpkn crafts, turkey activities, turkey crafts, Pilgrim activities, Pilgrim crafts, Thanksgiving activities, native american activities, native american crafts, fall writing promptsAs you can see by the photograph, colorful paper plates (smaller 8” size) provide a nice 3D effect.

I pre-cut these to expedite the activity. Besides yellow & red, I also buy lime green plates, giving my students an option. 

Besides using paper plates, I've also included a wormy apple pattern.

fall bulletin board ideas, Apple activities, apple crafts, Venn diagrams, pumpkin activities, pumpkn crafts, turkey activities, turkey crafts, Pilgrim activities, Pilgrim crafts, Thanksgiving activities, native american activities, native american crafts, fall writing promptsThere’s also more than one option for November. Students have 3 choices for their Venn friend topper: a turkey, a Pilgrim boy or girl, or a Native American boy or girl.

You can have a turkey find a turkey partner, a boy Pilgrim find a girl Pilgrim, or a boy Native American find a boy Pilgrim, mixing and matching however you or your students wish.

fall bulletin board ideas, Apple activities, apple crafts, Venn diagrams, pumpkin activities, pumpkn crafts, turkey activities, turkey crafts, Pilgrim activities, Pilgrim crafts, Thanksgiving activities, native american activities, native american crafts, fall writing promptsI designed the Venn friends, specifically so students could get to know a classmate better, but you could certainly have students pretend to be "real" Pilgrims and Native American children, and then compare and contrast historical information as well.

Each seasonal Venn, comes with a graphing extension, so you can get some math practice in as well.

For that finishing touch, add a school photograph. Students could also make a green hand print "leaf" for their pumpkin.

Completed projects make awesome fall bulletin boards. Click on the link to zip on over to my TpT shop to check out the super-fun, 51 page, Fall Venn Friend packet. 

Halloween activities, halloween worksheets, halloween gamesSince Halloween is just a week away, I thought a "Halloween Boo Boos" worksheet would be a fun FREEBIE. Students make corrections to the sentences that have mistakes in them.

Click on the link to grab a copy.  It's certainly a little something fun, yet educational for party day.

Tfall bulletin board ideas, Apple activities, apple crafts, Venn diagrams, pumpkin activities, pumpkn crafts, turkey activities, turkey crafts, Pilgrim activities, Pilgrim crafts, Thanksgiving activities, native american activities, native american crafts, fall writing promptshat's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. 

The winds have knocked a lot of leaves off the trees, so this afternoon the hubby, pup & I are going for a relaxing drive to see what's left of the gorgeous fall colors, before they become  a distant memory, as barren trees dot the landscape.

I am so not ready for winter. Wishing you a pretty and peaceful day.

"How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days." - John Burroughs

1-2-3 Come Make Some Number Puzzles With Me

Learning to count can be tedious and a bit overwhelming for little ones.  If that isn't a big enough job, learning to count backwards, as well as skip count are also standards.

pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, apple activities, apple crafts, pumpkin puzzles, apple puzzles, skip counting activitivites, counting backwards activitiesWith this in mind, I designed number "strip" puzzles.  I call them that because I cut the puzzles into strips.

Number puzzles provide a quick, easy and fun way to help students practice counting & sequencing numbers from 1-10, and counting backwards from 10 to 1, as well as skip counting by 2s & 10s, plus my Y5s absolutely LOVE them.  

I usually make the puzzles on a full sheet of paper.  Some are vertical, while other designs are horizontal. I decided to make an apple and pumpkin "shape" strip puzzle for those units.

Simply run the templates off on red and orange paper.
Choose the number puzzle that best fits your needs, or give students a choice.

pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, apple activities, apple crafts, pumpkin puzzles, apple puzzles, skip counting activitivites, counting backwards activitiesFor a cool mosaic effect, children trim and glue to another sheet of paper after they have traced the numbers. 

I chose black to make the puzzle pop. Remind students to leave a small gap in-between each puzzle strip. To make it more of a keepsake, have students make a green hand print leaf.

Completed projects make an interesting fall bulletin board.
Laminate an extra set of all 8 puzzles, to use for an independent math center or for "early finishers". 

Halloween crayon resist watercolors, halloween bulletin board ideas, halloween crafts, halloween party day activitiesClick on the link to zip on over to my TpT shop to have a look: Apple & Pumpkin Number Puzzles.

The featured FREEBIE today is a Halloween crayon resist watercolor activity.  There are 5 patterns to choose from, with directions how to set things up. 

Children pick a picture and color it.  Remind them to press hard, and really fill it in. Afterwards, they paint over the entire picture with watercolors.  The waxy build up creates an awesome effect. 

pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, apple activities, apple crafts, pumpkin puzzles, apple puzzles, skip counting activitivites, counting backwards activitiesWell that's it for today.  Thanks for popping in.  I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed and creatively crazy at the moment, as October is filled with so many super-fun themes: fire safety, spiders, bats, scarecrows and Halloween

I have a zillion ideas buzzing in my head, and as many projects started or in the rough draft stage.  Hmmmm ... What shall I work on today?  Wishing you a happy and productive day doing things that you truly enjoy.  

"In crafting there are no mistakes, just unique creations." -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Make A Family Pumpkin Patch With Me

Are family names part of your word wall? Do you have ESL students in your class?  If so, I think you’ll enjoy this Family Pumpkin Patch Dollar Deal.

pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, fall bulletin board ideas, family pumpkins, pumpkin patch activities, activities for family words It's a quick, easy and fun craftivity to reinforce those words, and completed projects look awesome hanging from the ceiling.

 The packet includes:

* Pocket chart cards with family names: (mom, dad, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, grandma, grandpa, pets, cat, dog, bird, fish)
Use them as flashcards, in your pocket chart, or on your word wall.

family pumpkin craft, pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, fall bulletin board ideas, family pumpkins, pumpkin patch activities, activities for family words * There's also a sweet family pumpkin craftivity, where children write their family's names on the back of the pumpkin pattern. 

For that finishing touch, add a green "hand print" leaf, and a school photo.

* I've included a note home to get help with this activity, or simply send the pumpkin portion home to be completed and then returned.

pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, fall bulletin board ideas, family pumpkins, pumpkin patch activities, activities for family words * There's a family word search with answer key, plus
* Graphing & Tally Mark math extensions, as well as

* 2 trace & write worksheets
pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, fall bulletin board ideas, family pumpkins, pumpkin patch activities, activities for family words * Use the A Patch of Family Pumpkins poster, for your display. 

Click on the link to pop on over to my TpT shop to have a look at this fun Dollar Deal:  Family Pumpkin Patch

cov pump pupToday's featured FREEBIE is a manipulative "Pumpkin on a Popsicle stick puppet", that my kiddos make when we sing this pumpkin song: "Pumpkin, pumpkin round and fat, turns into a Jack-O-Lantern just like that!" 

On one side they have a blank pumpkin, on the other they have a pumpkin with a face on it. Click on the link to grab a copy. Pumpkin Poem Puppet.

pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, fall bulletin board ideas, family pumpkins, pumpkin patch activities, activities for family words Well that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by. This "nana" is watching her grand grandchildren today, so it's time to hustle and put my toys away and haul out theirs. 

Wishing you a delightful day, filled with lots of heartwarming giggles.

"I love music of all kinds, but there's no greater music than the sound of my children and grandchildren laughing." -Sylvia Earle

1-2-3 Come Do Some Letter Pp Activities With Me

Woo Hoo for Diane's Dollar Deals!  I'm featuring two, pumpkin-themed ones, on the blog today. Dollar Deal Alphabet Wheels, are a quick, easy & fun way to practice letters.

alphabet wheels, words that begin with P, P nouns, alphabet crafts, letter crafts, alphabet emergent readers, letter p worksheets, I priced them at only a dollar, so that you can afford to collect all of the individual alphabet wheels.

They feature 6 nouns that begin with that letter, and come in black and white, as well as full-color, so that you can use them as an independent center or individual word work activity.

P is for pumpkin alpha wheel, alphabet wheels, words that begin with P, P nouns, alphabet crafts, letter crafts, alphabet emergent readers, letter p worksheets, I've also included a worksheet where students trace & write the words in alphabetical order.  

Click on the link to zip on over to my TpT shop to take a peek at the Pp is for Pumpkin Dollar Deal Alphabet Wheel.

alphabet wheels, words that begin with P, P nouns, alphabet crafts, letter crafts, alphabet emergent readers, letter p worksheets, The other Pumpin Dollar Deal is an emergent reader: Pp is for Pumpkin.

It's filled with beginning letter Pp nouns. There are 11.

alphabet wheels, words that begin with P, P nouns, alphabet crafts, letter crafts, alphabet emergent readers, letter p worksheets, It's also packed with Dolch sight words and great practice for pronouns, as well as end punctuation.

Students read the simple sentences using the pictures as clues, and then add the appropriate end punctuation. (period, question mark, exclamation point).

alphabet wheels, words that begin with P, P nouns, alphabet crafts, letter crafts, alphabet emergent readers, letter p worksheets, They trace and write the Pp word, then color the picture.

There are 5, mini-strip pages, to a one-page template.
Students trim, collate and staple to the front of their "Pp is for pumpkin" cover to make a flip booklet.

alphabet wheels, words that begin with P, P nouns, alphabet crafts, letter crafts, alphabet emergent readers, letter p worksheets, I've also included matching picture and word cards to play games like Memory Match and "I Have; Who Has?".

They come in color as well as black & white, so that you can use them as an independent center for Daily 5 Word Work, or children can make their own game to practice at home. 

alphabet wheels, words that begin with P, P nouns, alphabet crafts, letter crafts, alphabet emergent readers, letter p worksheets, Students can match picture to picture, or picture to word.  They can also alphabetize the word cards and use them to write their own sentences.

As with the individual alphabet wheels, I've priced these emergent readers at only a dollar, to make them affordable, so that you can collect all of the flip booklets in this series. 

Click on the link to pop on over to my TpT shop to have a look: Pp is for Pumpkin Emergent Reader

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apples and pumpkin Venn diagram, venn diagrams, comparison contrast writingI'm only 11 shy of reaching the 700 followers milestone! I know it's kind of silly getting excited about breaking records, but I do none the less.  Thanks in advance.

Speaking of FREEBIES, today's is also pumpkin related.  It's an apple-pumpkin Venn diagram.

Venn diagrams are a quick, easy & fun way to practice comparison-contrast writing.  This Venn diagram is a perfect way to reinforce and review the things your students learned about apples and pumpkins.

apple pumpkin Venn diagram, alphabet wheels, words that begin with P, P nouns, alphabet crafts, letter crafts, alphabet emergent readers, letter p worksheets, That's it for today.  I'm trying to finish some of the other fall-themed letter wheels & emergent readers and will hopefully have Ll is for Leaf done by the end of the week.

Hope you can pop back. Wishing you a joy-filled day.

 "Beauty for some provides escape, who gain a happiness in eyeing Autumn sunsets exquisitely dying." -Langston Hughes

1-2-3 Come Do Some Writing Craftivities With Me

The key to getting children motivated to write, is simply giving them something exciting and fun to tease their imaginations and get the creative juices flowing.

pumpkins in the news, pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin writing prompts, pumpkin emergent readers, emergent readers, what can you do with a pumpkin, pumpkin contests, catapulting pumpkins, largest pumpkin, pumpkin regattas, class made booksPumpkins in the News does that.  It's my latest, 29-page, writing prompt-emergent reader packet.  

I’ve included 2 class-made books: The Case of the Missing Pumpkins, as well as Our Class Pumpkins in the News.

pumpkins in the news, pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin writing prompts, pumpkin emergent readers, emergent readers, what can you do with a pumpkin, pumpkin contests, catapulting pumpkins, largest pumpkin, pumpkin regattas, class made booksTo get the pumpkin rolling, there’s a “What can you do with a pumpkin?” poster, which includes two graphing extensions to cover more standards.

pumpkins in the news, pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin writing prompts, pumpkin emergent readers, emergent readers, what can you do with a pumpkin, pumpkin contests, catapulting pumpkins, largest pumpkin, pumpkin regattas, class made booksChildren will readily share that you can eat and carve them, but are they aware that you can grow a record-breaking giant pumpkin, catapult them through the air, or turn them into a boat and sail them in a regatta?

pumpkins in the news, pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin writing prompts, pumpkin emergent readers, emergent readers, what can you do with a pumpkin, pumpkin contests, catapulting pumpkins, largest pumpkin, pumpkin regattas, class made booksAll of these are popular contests and make headlines in the news.
I’ve included links to awesome videos to whet everyone’s writing appetites.

On the crazy creative side, how about the discovery of an alien pumpkin, or a pumpkin that could talk or grant 3 wishes?

Trust me, your kiddos will WANT to get right down to the business of writing! Woo hoo.

pumpkins in the news, pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin writing prompts, pumpkin emergent readers, emergent readers, what can you do with a pumpkin, pumpkin contests, catapulting pumpkins, largest pumpkin, pumpkin regattas, class made booksThe crafty part of the project is a newsprint pumpkin.
Coloring newspaper with crayons or markers, creates a super-interesting and awesome look.

Completed projects look amazing swirling & twirling from the ceiling.  I've included several "header" cards to choose from, as a title for your display.

pumpkins in the news, pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin writing prompts, pumpkin emergent readers, emergent readers, what can you do with a pumpkin, pumpkin contests, catapulting pumpkins, largest pumpkin, pumpkin regattas, class made booksLittle ones can search for all of the letter Pp’s and circle them.

I’ve also included several worksheets for more letter Pp practice.

Toss in a bit of shape review, with the pumpkin’s facial features, and practice spelling names via his smile. 

pumpkins in the news, pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin writing prompts, pumpkin emergent readers, emergent readers, what can you do with a pumpkin, pumpkin contests, catapulting pumpkins, largest pumpkin, pumpkin regattas, class made booksThe emergent reader has 6, mini pages on a one-page template, to create a "just the right size" booklet, which comes in color for a teacher's edition, as well as black & white for your kiddos.

There's also a pattern with 12-on-a-page to make an Itty Bitty one.  It's packed with plenty of Dolch sight words.

cov happy halloween notesI've included an optional 7th page that says "Happy Halloween".

If you don't include it with the emergent reader, you could give them to your kiddos on party day.

They are today's featured FREEBIE.  Click on the link to grab a copy in both black & white as well as color.

halloween activities, halloween crafts, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activitiesWell that's it for now. Thanks for stopping by. It's my sincere hope that your own little "punkins" enjoy these craftivities.  It's a gorgeous 70 degrees today; the leaves are finally starting to turn.

The fresh air floating in from my window is beckoning me to come play.  I shall succumb.  Wishing you a peaceful day.

"I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion." - Henry David Thoreau 

1-2-3 Come Do Some Pumpkin Life Cycle Activities With Me

life cycle of a pumpkin, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin life cycle, pumpkin emergent reader, Since the Life Cycle of an Apple packet, was so popular, I decided to make a matching one featuring a pumpkin's life cycle.

You’ll love the versatility, as it’s appropriate for a variety of ages and levels, with lots of options.

life cycle of a pumpkin, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin life cycle, pumpkin emergent reader, The Life Cycle of a Pumpkin emergent reader, is great non-fiction practice that reinforces plenty of sight words, as it includes 37 from the Dolch word lists!  Picture prompts help with the rest.

I’ve included a color copy for teachers, as well as a student copy in black & white.

Children trace and write the life cycle words, read the simple sentences, color the pictures, then cut & collate the pages into a “just the right size” booklet.

There’s a template with 6 on a page, as well as one with 12 mini-pages on a one-page template, so that you have the option to make Itty Bitty booklets, that are a real paper-saver.

life cycle of a pumpkin, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin life cycle, pumpkin emergent reader, To assist with reading, review the life cycle of a pumpkin with the 12 colorful pocket chart cards.

There’s a set featuring wonderful clip art, as well a set with real life photographs.
Use the smaller sets to play a Memory Match or Speed (sequencing) game.

I also made a bookmark-size template (with 4-on-a-page) for your students. 

You can also review the life cycle with a colorful pumpkin poster.  I've included a black line version your kidos can do as a worksheet.

life cycle of a pumpkin, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin life cycle, pumpkin emergent reader, The 6, pumpkin craftivities, also reinforce the life cycle.
Nothing like a hands-on artsy activity to get your kiddos excited, and completed projects make an awesome bulletin board or hallway display.

life cycle of a pumpkin, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin life cycle, pumpkin emergent reader, Because they are quick, easy & fun, and so different from each other, you could do several.

life cycle of a pumpkin, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin life cycle, pumpkin emergent reader, For example, do the flat Jack-o-lantern life cycle as a homework assignment worksheet, and the pumpkin life cycle wheel as an independent center or whole group activity. 

The pumpkin wheel craftivity is my personal favorite; the green stem acts as a pull-tab to easily rotate the pumpkin to show the various stages.

life cycle of a pumpkin, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin life cycle, pumpkin emergent reader, All of the crafts come in full-color so you can make a quick sample to share, as well as black & white for your kiddos to color.

If you do the “Oh My! Pumpkin Pie” craftivity, spritz with pumpkin-cinnamon air freshener! Your room will smell wonderful.

The ”life cycle-circles” come in 2 sizes, as well as black & white, plus full-color options, with and without word labels.

life cycle of a pumpkin, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin life cycle, pumpkin emergent reader, The packet also includes 15 posters featuring real photographs of the various stages of a pumpkin’s life cycle, which make a lovely bulletin board display, or simply share them with your kiddos to introduce or review the stages.

I think photographs really add to a lesson, as it's always amazing to me how many of my little "punkins" have never been to a pumpkin patch to pick out their pumpkin, or are even aware of the fact that pumpkins, like apples, come in more than one color. 

Click on the link to zip on over to my TpT shop to take a look see at this 85-pager: Life Cycle of a Pumpkin packet.  It's my sincere hope that you & your sweeties enjoy these activities as much as mine do.

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life cycle of a pumpkin, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin life cycle, pumpkin emergent reader, Thanks in advance; I'm excited to reach 700 followers.  I always design a special freebie when I hit a "milestone". Speaking of FREEBIES, the featured one today is also about pumpkins

I call it "Peekin' in a Pumpkin" because you can literally peek inside the paper plate pumpkin "window", and see "pumpkin guts". 

On the front of the paper plate, students draw a Jack-o'-lantern.  My kiddos absolutely LOVE doing this craftivity, and the results, suspended from the ceiling in the hall, are simply "spook-tacular!"

We get lots of "ooh ahh" comments too. life cycle of a pumpkin, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin life cycle, pumpkin emergent reader,

Well that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by.  The trees are just starting to turn, so it's time for a nature walk.

My poodle pup, Chloe, will be thrilled.  Wishing you a relaxing day; I hope it's invigorating as well.

"When the wind blows through a wood, its mass is cut and closed by every leaf, forming a train of jittery vortices in the air." -Alice Oswald

1-2-3 Come Do A Super-Fun Writing Prompt With Me

There's never enough time to get in all of the wonderful "Getting to know you" activities we do for back to school, so I do at least one each month.

getting to know you activities, back to school icebreakers, writing prompts for fall, pumpkin activities, apple activities, leaf activities, acorn activities, writing bulletin boards, bulletin board ideas for fallMy kiddos LOVE sharing about themselves, so they really enjoy this type of writing. Plus, it's fun to continue to learn more about our classmates.

getting to know you activities, back to school icebreakers, writing prompts for fall, pumpkin activities, apple activities, leaf activities, acorn activities, writing bulletin boards, bulletin board ideas for fallWith this in mind, I designed "Me!" A Fall-Themed Writing Prompt packet. 

All you have to do to get excited about this "craftivity", is make a sample of your own, to see how much fun this is!

An added bonus is that completed projects make an easy bulletin board you can keep up for months! Woo hoo. Caption: "Fall Into Writing!"

Plus, this activity is so versatile, it can be done by PK kiddos with one-word answers, all the way up through 5th grade!

Have older students write 3-4 things in each section.
You can also encourage the use of adjectives too.

getting to know you activities, back to school icebreakers, writing prompts for fall, pumpkin activities, apple activities, leaf activities, acorn activities, writing bulletin boards, bulletin board ideas for fallThere are 7, autumn-shapes to choose from: an apple, 2 pumpkins, 3 leaves and an acorn.

Because they are all fall pictures, you can give students a choice for an eclectic bulletin board display.

getting to know you activities, back to school icebreakers, writing prompts for fall, pumpkin activities, apple activities, leaf activities, acorn activities, writing bulletin boards, bulletin board ideas for fallJust pumpkins in a patch, leaves and acorns blowing in the wind, or apples on a tree or in a big basket look terrific too.

If you choose the pumpkin pattern without a leaf, have children trace their hand on green construction paper, trim and add to the top for a "keepsake" leaf.

I've also included blank templates, so you can dream up your own writing prompts.

Do in class, or send home as a homework assignment that your kiddos will really want to do!

For that finishing touch, add a school photo. I also have my students choose 2 or 3 colors, so we can practice an AB-AB or ABC-ABC pattern, which really makes their completed writing prompt stand out.

Click on the link to pop on over to my TpT shop to have a look see at this 20-pager: "Me!" Fall Writing Promt Craftivity packet.

getting to know you activities, back to school icebreakers, writing prompts for fall, pumpkin activities, apple activities, leaf activities, acorn activities, writing bulletin boards, bulletin board ideas for fallWhile there, I'd so appreciate it if you'd follow me.  That way you'll know when I post FREEBIES, Diane's Dollar Deals, new stuff or have a sale. 

I know it sounds silly, but I really get excited seeing that  number grow.  I'm anxious to reach 700 followers.  Whenever I achieve a milestone, I create a special freebie that will hopefully knock-your-socks off!

getting to know you activities, back to school icebreakers, writing prompts for fall, pumpkin activities, apple activities, leaf activities, acorn activities, writing bulletin boards, bulletin board ideas for fallSpeaking of FREEBIES, today's featured free item is a 15-page leaf-themed math worksheet packet.  Reinforce numbers, sequencing, skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s & 10s. Plus, there are "What's Missing?" worksheets, and some for counting to 120.  Click on the link to grab a copy. 

getting to know you activities, back to school icebreakers, writing prompts for fall, pumpkin activities, apple activities, leaf activities, acorn activities, writing bulletin boards, bulletin board ideas for fallWell that's it for today.  It's a chilly morning, but no frost on the pumpkins yet (PTL).

I am so not ready for winter-weather during fall.  Wishing you a warm and snuggly kind of day.

"How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of life and color are their last days." -John Burroughs

 1-2-3 Come Do A Few Pumpkin Craftivities With Me

Now that October is nearing an end and your students have hopefully read a zillion fall books, or you've read them during story time, have children choose their favorite fall book and do one or more of the craftivities in this Common Core Pumpkin packet, which covers a lot of reading and writing standards.  Woo Hoo!

pumpkin book report, creative book reports, pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, common core pumpkins, venn diagram activities, beginning middle end activities, story element activities, retelling a story activities, The packet includes:

A pumpkin book report craftivity. 

"Read it" is a play on words for "Ribbit" so I've also included a little frog template that you can run off. 

Students color, trim and glue the frog to their pumpkin.  There's also a blank pumpkin template without the words "Read it"  

Students can leave the pumpkin plain, or draw on a face to make a Jack-O-Lantern, especially if they're writing about a Halloween book.

Run off the "pumpkin guts" writing prompt section on yellow paper. Students  fill in with information about their favorite book.

Add some finishing touches with crayons and a school photo glued to the stem.

pumpkin book report, creative book reports, pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, common core pumpkins, venn diagram activities, beginning middle end activities, story element activities, retelling a story activities, The packet also includes another writing activity without a craft.

Older  students write about two of their favorite fall books on the recording sheet.

pumpkin book report, creative book reports, pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, common core pumpkins, venn diagram activities, beginning middle end activities, story element activities, retelling a story activities, If you want them to compare and constrast the books they've chosen, they can fill out the Venn diagram to help organize their thoughts.

pumpkin book report, creative book reports, pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, common core pumpkins, venn diagram activities, beginning middle end activities, story element activities, retelling a story activities, Are you working on retelling a story with your kiddos? The beginning-middle-end story pumpkin craftivity, will be a fun way for them to share their thoughts.

As with the other craft, I've also included a blank pumpkin pattern, so students can draw on their own face.  Run off the template of your choice on orange construction paper. 

Students place the orange pumpkin paper on the top of a yellow sheet of construction paper and cut once, creating the inside of their page at the same time that they cut out their pumpkin cover.

pumpkin book report, creative book reports, pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, common core pumpkins, venn diagram activities, beginning middle end activities, story element activities, retelling a story activities, Children glue or staple their booklet together. (I've provided a nice wide tab on the left side.)  Cutting on the dashed lines of the orange paper, students create a flip booklet to explain the beginning, middle and end of their story.

I've included samples of both projects, so you can quickly and easily make your own examples to share with your students. 

big pumpkin book by erica silvermanFor my book report pumpkin,  I chose the story Big Pumpkin, by Erica Silverman. 

the little old lady who wasnt afraid of anything activitiesFor the retelling-a-story pumpkin, I chose The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid Of Anything, by Linda Williams These are two of my all-time favorite Halloween books.  They've always been favorites for my Y5's as well. 

Any of the activities work well for your Daily 5, and are especially fun for Halloween party day.  Let's face it, most children are so energized that day, that it's nice to have something a bit out of the ordinary, to grab their attention and keep them focused, while still learning something relevant.

pumpkin book report, creative book reports, pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, common core pumpkins, venn diagram activities, beginning middle end activities, story element activities, retelling a story activities, Completed projects make wonderful bulletin boards or hallway displays. The pumpkin book report looks cute hung back-to-back suspended from the ceiling.

A nice bonus about the pumpkin craftivities without Jack-O-Lantern faces, is that you can keep these displays up through Thanksgiving, with the rest of your November harvest things.

Click on the link to view/download the Common Core Pumpkin Reading Craftivities.

pumpkin book report, creative book reports, pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, common core pumpkins, venn diagram activities, beginning middle end activities, story element activities, retelling a story activities, Thanks for visiting today. I'm dashing off to do some serious grocery shopping. 

You know you're low on things when you're out of condiments like ketchup and mayo, to say nothing of the rest that I need to make dinner for tonight. Wishing you a productive day.

"The injury we do and the one we suffer are not weighed in the same scale." -- Aesop  

1-2-3 Come Make A Pumpkin Writing Prompt Craftivity With Me

With all of the pros and cons about Halloween and the hype about the negative versus the positive aspects of the holiday, I thought this controversy would make an interesting October writing prompt that even younger students could manage. This would be great for your writing block or Daily 5 writing portion on Halloween day, which tends to be a bit crazy.

Halloween writing prompts, writing prompts for October, halloween crafts, halloween activities, positive negative art, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activitiesAs a whole group, brainstorm what things students like about Halloween and list them on the board.  Then discuss the negative aspects of the holiday and things that they don't like about Halloween.  Write those on the board as well.  

The lists can help students with spelling, as well as deciding what things they want to include in their own writing prompt. 

I've always been intriqued by the positive negative aspects of art, and the fun things you can create around that concept. 

Halloween writing prompts, writing prompts for October, halloween crafts, halloween activities, positive negative art, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activitiesWith that in mind, I thought the perfect craft to use as a topper for this writing prompt, would be a positive negative pumpkin.   Click on the link to grab your FREEBIE.

Here's how to make one:

Halloween writing prompts, writing prompts for October, halloween crafts, halloween activities, positive negative art, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activitiesRun the pumpkin template off on orange construction paper. I've put two pumpkins on a page for qucik printing, so you'll need to cut them in half using a paper cutter. 

Likewise, cut black construction paper in half as well.  Students lay their 1/2 sheet of black construction paper underneath their orange paper pumpkin half, and then cut out 2 pumpkin halves at the same time.  One will be orange; the other black.

When they are done, they glue a half sheet of black construction paper onto a whole sheet of orange construction paper.

Halloween writing prompts, writing prompts for October, halloween crafts, halloween activities, positive negative art, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activitiesNow glue the orange pumpkin on top of the black construction paper side, and the black pumpkin on the orange construction paper side, so that the two pumpkins are joined together, making a positive and negative pumpkin picture. 

Halloween writing prompts, writing prompts for October, halloween crafts, halloween activities, positive negative art, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activitiesFinally, students glue their writing prompt underneath. I've included a completed sample if you want to use mine to make an example to share with your kiddos. 

Halloween writing prompts, writing prompts for October, halloween crafts, halloween activities, positive negative art, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activitiesYou could do this with other Halloween themed objects as well.  I found this monster version over at In The Art Room, when I Googled positive negative art samples.  Instead of using my pumpkin pattern, students could also create a Jack-O-Lantern of their own.

positive negative art sample, Halloween writing prompts, writing prompts for October, halloween crafts, halloween activities, positive negative art, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activitiesWhile doing research, I found a helpful art site. For more information about positive-negative art click on the link. 

There's a short video clip explaining the positive negative art form, plus some cool samples like this one.  Do you see a vase or two profiles?

Halloween writing prompts, writing prompts for October, halloween crafts, halloween activities, positive negative art, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activitiesThanks for visiting today.  Since it's not too brisk out, I'm off to do a bit of winterizing in my garden.  Too much for one day, but slow and sure wins the race.  Wishing you an energizing day.

"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body." -- Joseph Addison 

1-2-3 Come Do Some Pumpkin Craftivities With Me

Quite a few of my most popular downloads are those that involve a hands-on craft.  With all of the standards we have to teach, I realize that many teachers don't feel that they have any time left in their day for the "fun" things they used to do. 

With that in mind, I try to incorporate some standards in the crafts that I design, thus the name "craftivities".  pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activities, pumpkin writing prompts, common core pumpkins, life cycle of a pumpkin, pumpkin facts, pumpkin masks, pumpkin puppets, peekin in a pumpkin, kool aid pumpkinsI decided to featurA Baker's Dozen   of my all-time favorite pumpkin craftivities in this article, since the number 13 can certainly be associated with Halloween.  Although I've used the term a baker's dozen for years, I didn't know why it came about.  If you're curious too, click on the link. 

Since Apple Sense was such a huge hit, I decided to make a Pumpkin Sense one.  This is a quick, easy and fun way to review the 5 senses, as well as work on the importance of adjectives in descriptive writing. 

Having a carved class pumpkin isn't necessary, but really helps.  Adding a hand print leaf and photo adds that finishing touch.

pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activities, pumpkin writing prompts, common core pumpkins, life cycle of a pumpkin, pumpkin facts, pumpkin masks, pumpkin puppets, peekin in a pumpkin, kool aid pumpkinsAnother writing craftivity is the Personal Pumpkin Patch Craft.Family relationship names, (mom, dad, sister, brother etc.) are a part of most teacher's word walls, so I wanted to think of something that would tie into building that vocabulary. 

Via a note home to parents, which is included in the packet,  you'll have the personal information needed to help your kiddo's make a personal pumpkin. 

There are also family word cards that you can use in a pocket chart or for flashcards, plus several worksheets and a Tally Time activity with math extensions.

pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activities, pumpkin writing prompts, common core pumpkins, life cycle of a pumpkin, pumpkin facts, pumpkin masks, pumpkin puppets, peekin in a pumpkin, kool aid pumpkinsPumpkins In The News  reinforces the letter Pp, and has a variety of writing options as well. Students find and cut out shapes to make a pumpkin face, as well as letters that spell their name.  These will be used for the pumpkin's smile.  They can also search for all of the letter Pps on their pumpkin and circle them.

 For writing practice, younger students trace and write the Pp is for pumpkin worksheet and glue it to the back of their pumpkin.  Brainstorm with older students of why pumpkins might be in the news.  They choose a topic and then write about it on the pumpkin template, trim and then glue to the back of their newsprint pumpkin

pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activities, pumpkin writing prompts, common core pumpkins, life cycle of a pumpkin, pumpkin facts, pumpkin masks, pumpkin puppets, peekin in a pumpkin, kool aid pumpkinsPunch a hole in the stem and suspend from the ceiling. There's also a pattern for a class-made book entitled: The Case Of The Missing Pumpkins. 

pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activities, pumpkin writing prompts, common core pumpkins, life cycle of a pumpkin, pumpkin facts, pumpkin masks, pumpkin puppets, peekin in a pumpkin, kool aid pumpkinsThe Shapely Pumpkin Packet  reviews 2D shapes and includes a spinner game and worksheet. Sponge painting is a super-fun, non-messy way for little ones to paint with awesome results.

I've been doing the pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activities, pumpkin writing prompts, common core pumpkins, life cycle of a pumpkin, pumpkin facts, pumpkin masks, pumpkin puppets, peekin in a pumpkin, kool aid pumpkinsPeekin' In A Pumpkin for 15 years.  It also reviews shapes, as a Jack-O-Lantern face is on the front. The "guts" of the pumpkin are on the other side. 

I put a dollop of Elmer's glue with a bit of yellow paint in the middle and let my students swirl it around with a Q-tip, then glue bits of yarn and real pumpkin seeds on, for an awesome result.

pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activities, pumpkin writing prompts, common core pumpkins, life cycle of a pumpkin, pumpkin facts, pumpkin masks, pumpkin puppets, peekin in a pumpkin, kool aid pumpkinsAdd a bit of science to your day with the Life Cycle Of A Pumpkin Craftivity.  There are 3 options for this cute pumpkin bowl craft. 

You can review 2D shapes and have students draw a Jack-O-Lantern face on the back, or you can teach some pumpkin facts with the pumpkins ARE, HAVE, CAN writing prompt; (I've included a completed sample.) or you can explain the life cycle of a pumpkin, and have students color, trim and glue that circle to the back of their pumpkin bowl. 

Curling ribbon and a child's hand print leaf add the finishing touches.  These look terrific suspended from the ceiling too.

pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activities, pumpkin writing prompts, common core pumpkins, life cycle of a pumpkin, pumpkin facts, pumpkin masks, pumpkin puppets, peekin in a pumpkin, kool aid pumpkinsThe  Triple Play Pumpkin  also has 3 options.  

One involves measurement activities, another investigates the inside and outside of a pumpkin and uses adjectives to record findings; while the last one involves writing about things that scare you. 

This is a 3 dimensional pumpkin as students glue 3-4 paper circles together.

pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activities, pumpkin writing prompts, common core pumpkins, life cycle of a pumpkin, pumpkin facts, pumpkin masks, pumpkin puppets, peekin in a pumpkin, kool aid pumpkinsWe do a lot of singing in Y5's.  It's a fun way to learn all sorts of things, review concepts and the children really enjoy it.  One of their favorite October songs was Pumpkin Round and Fat. 

When I Googled the song, I found a sweet Popsicle stick puppet over at Teacher Mama.  Click on the link for a pattern and my version. Pumpkin Puppet.

pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activities, pumpkin writing prompts, common core pumpkins, life cycle of a pumpkin, pumpkin facts, pumpkin masks, pumpkin puppets, peekin in a pumpkin, kool aid pumpkinsIf you're a homeschooling parent and looking for an awesome, but easy fall centerpiece that your child can make, then I think you'll enjoy the  Dryer Hose Pumpkin.

This idea has been around for decades, but I just learned of it a few years ago when I met a crafty gal at Hobby Lobby.  I actually made these with my Y5's.  Their mommies were really impressed, as they turned out so cute.  They cost about $1 each to make.

pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activities, pumpkin writing prompts, common core pumpkins, life cycle of a pumpkin, pumpkin facts, pumpkin masks, pumpkin puppets, peekin in a pumpkin, kool aid pumpkinsIf you haven't made puffy paint by mixing shaving cream, Elmer's glue and tempera, then you're in for a treat. 

This photo doesn't do justice to how absolutely awesome these turned out, as our pumpkins puffed up to over an inch high when they dried.

We also revisit this technique in January when we make snowmen.  Click on the link for the Puffy Pumpkin.  To see a photo of our snowmen click here. For some reason, you can see the puffiness much better in the snowman pictures.

pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activities, pumpkin writing prompts, common core pumpkins, life cycle of a pumpkin, pumpkin facts, pumpkin masks, pumpkin puppets, peekin in a pumpkin, kool aid pumpkinsFinally, to round out my baker's dozen, I wanted to share 3 outstanding pumpkin crafts that I found Online. 

Tammy's Kool Aid Pumpkins from over at Housing a Forest, has been pinned over 1,000 times from my pumpkin Pinterest board.  She has a quick tutorial of how to make these terrific-looking pumpkins that smell scrumptious.

pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activities, pumpkin writing prompts, common core pumpkins, life cycle of a pumpkin, pumpkin facts, pumpkin masks, pumpkin puppets, peekin in a pumpkin, kool aid pumpkinsMrs. Withrow, over at Garden of Praise, makes these adorable Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater nursery rhyme pumpkins with her kinders, and substitutes their name for the word wife.  LOVE the pictures she took of her kiddos to place inside.

pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activities, pumpkin writing prompts, common core pumpkins, life cycle of a pumpkin, pumpkin facts, pumpkin masks, pumpkin puppets, peekin in a pumpkin, pumpkin plate mask, 5 little pumpkins activities, kool aid pumpkinsLastly, but not "leastly" is a sweet paper plate pumpkin Mask, from over at DLTK Kids

If you don't have time to have each child make one, whip 5 different Jack-O-Lanterns up yourself, and have students use them as manipulatives to act out the popular 5 Little Pumpkins Sitting On A Gate poem.

pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activities, pumpkin writing prompts, common core pumpkins, life cycle of a pumpkin, pumpkin facts, pumpkin masks, pumpkin puppets, peekin in a pumpkin, pumpkin plate mask, 5 little pumpkins activities, kool aid pumpkinsMrs. Alvarado over at Learning Safari does this with 5 large tag board pumpkins.  Too cute!

pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activities, pumpkin writing prompts, common core pumpkins, life cycle of a pumpkin, pumpkin facts, pumpkin masks, pumpkin puppets, peekin in a pumpkin, pumpkin plate mask, 5 little pumpkins activities, kool aid pumpkinsWhew! That's a whole "lotta" pumpkin stuff. Hopefully you found a few things to add some extra fun to your pumpkin activities. 

I'm off to do some much-needed grocery shopping.  Maybe my grandson and I will make a stop at the farmer's market to pick out a pumpkin!  Wishing you a fun-filled day!

"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out." -Unknown

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