Another great freebie that I’ve taken advantage of comes from my friend, Erin at Mrs. Beers Language Arts. It fit perfectly since I’ve been using Close Reading Strategies with my students in both fourth and fifth grades. However, it worked best for my fifth graders due to the reading level of the text. I loved that it was an informational article since we’ve been working on summarizing strategies for nonfiction. Gail Gibbons book, The Pumpkin Book, would work well as a read aloud to compare and contrast with the article later too.
When planning out this theme, I was reminded of many favorite books. I love the book, Pumpkin Soup. It’s one that is recommended quite often as a mentor text for writing recipes. Of course From Seed to Pumpkin and Pumpkin, Pumpkin are a great ones for introducing plant life cycles, and The Biggest Pumpkin Book is always a hit for fiction.
In the activities section of my planning sheet, there are three activities that I want to point out specifically. I love Jen Runde’s 3-d pumpkins for story elements. Students love doing crafts, but at a time where content demands allow little free time, this is a nice one to do both. I also love the options available with Mel Lloyd’s Pumpkin Flapbook. I can see using this with a Halloween/Fall book of choice as a book report project.
The links I have included provide options too. The first link is to a blog post with 40+ ways to carve and use pumpkins in other lessons. For pumpkin research, All About Pumpkins offers factual information about how pumpkins grow, etc. The final link is well…just a fun little thing for students to do on your smartboard.
Before I sign off and add the linky code, I would love to share one little freebie with my fans. It’s a little poem I wrote that is part of my Fall Poetry for your Pockets set. You can use it for fluency work, for word hunts, and reviewing high frequency words.
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