Hello everyone! I know it's been SO long since I've posted. It's been so hard to find the time to blog this year. Hopefully I'll get better as the year goes on! Fall in in full gear now and we just got done with our pumpkin unit. I love moving into pumpkins right after our apple unit because there are some great connections to be made. To go along with your pumpkin unit, I made this pumpkin freebie pack for you all. I hope it is useful to you!
clipart and frame by KPM Doodles
As a class, we measure and weigh our class pumpkin. I use this to record our results:
You can use these writing prompts during writer's workshop. One is narrative writing and the other is informational.
clip art by Carrie; frame http://www.teachersnotebook.com/shop/Ms.Talley
I wrote a short story with some comprehension questions and a graphic organizer. I tried to make the story readable for my firsties.
frame by That Girl Doodles
We are working on writing sentences and I'm really trying to help them understand what makes a complete sentence. With this worksheet, students match the subject with the predicate (although I haven't started using that language yet). Then they write a complete sentence of their own. We do this a lot as a class before. During morning message, I'll start with the subject and as a class we'll finish the sentence to make it complete. (Later in the year we add more details to the sentence to improve our sentences.) There are two centers in my October literacy menu that also work with this skill.
After reading a nonfiction book about pumpkins, read each pumpkin statement as a class. Have your students color the pumpkins with the true statements.
As a class, we made this Venn diagram comparing apples and pumpkins.
This is last year's picture. I keep forgetting my camera!
And yes, they came up with all of these ideas!