Scarecrow Resources That Will Simplify Your Teaching Life

Nothing says fall like a scarecrow and haystacks. This post includes a large collection of teaching ideas and resources for a scarecrow theme. It includes many free options.

It's a new month and that means it's time for a new beginning!  Like many of you, I have been slammed and my poor blog has been neglected.  This month, I am going to make it my mission to blog daily.  Some posts will be better than others, but alas, this is going to become a more active blog.  I mean it!

As you can see, a new year means new images (and all new themes).  This week, we'll kick off October with scarecrows, one of my favorite themes of fall. If you are interested in linking up your ideas and free resources, I would love it.  Just grab the Thematic Thursday image above, write up your post, and link below. Free resources are welcome as stand alone links.  Next week, the theme will be squirrels, so start thinking about what you might share.

As you can see, there are a multitude of wonderful book options. Of these, Scarecrow by Cynthia Rylant is by far my favorite. I've thoroughly enjoyed using this unit I developed to go with it. Last year, my students wrote the best stories about the day in the life of a scarecrow. By using Cynthia Rylant's book as a mentor text, the students were able to make better word choices to develop voice and imagery. 

Procedural Text & Writing Freebie: Scarecrow FreebieAnother favorite from this list is Otis and the Scarecrow. I just love the Otis series. Maybe because it reminds me of home. Anyway, this one too is descriptive and would work well as a model for writing. You might tie in life on a farm and nonfiction farming books. The writing freebie to the right would work well as a follow up to the story.

Whether you're in primary or upper elementary, there are many art options for scarecrows.  I absolutely loved the watercolor scarecrows, and what about the cute door decor. If you're looking for instructional ways to tie in the art projects, having your kids write how-to paragraphs about building a scarecrow, descriptive writing about spending the day as a scarecrow, or an informational paragraph about how scarecrows were invented. For other activity choices, check out the Pinterest board I developed.

Follow Comprehension's board Scarecrow Resources and Ideas on Pinterest.

To keep your kids reading and thinking, you might give these partner scripts a try. They would both work well for October. In The Great Pumpkin Heist, Scarecrow and Ragdoll become alive at night and play tricks on the neighborhood.  It's a mystery, and it includes vocabulary work, comprehension questions for close reading, and a follow up writing prompt.

The Farmer and the Scarecrow is about how the scarecrow helps the farmer and keeps an eye on all the happenings at the farm.  This is set up in the same manner with schema building, vocabulary, comprehension questions, and writing.

Partner Script: Pumpkins and Scarecrows  Partner Script: Scarecrows and Fall

There are quite a few options for activities with scarecrows, but I wanted to share with you a nonfiction option as well. The article below is a Close Reading set that students will read, highlight, and annotate to show their thinking.  It is accompanied with two follow up activities too.  Enjoy! 

Looking for ways to include technology?  Some may not tie in with your curriculum, but these options may work well for younger children. If you teach pre-K, your little ones would probably enjoy building a scarecrow on the Highlights website.

The jigsaw puzzle app on Primary Games is a great option as it can includes as few as 12 pieces, but as many as  108. I can see using it as a teambuilding activity with Ipads. 


What Scarecrow ideas do you have?  I'd love for you to share them in the comments below.

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Nothing says fall like a scarecrow and haystacks. This post includes a large collection of teaching ideas and resources for a scarecrow theme. It includes many free options.


  1. Thanks for starting this linky party & sharing some great ideas this fall! I have updated my blog post to include scarecrow theme & I look forward to next week's post.

    1. Oh you are welcome. I really enjoyed it last year, so if you're looking for ideas, just look through my archives. :-)


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