Reading the story “Spookley The Square Pumpkin”
, by Joe Troiano, is a fun way to practice 2D shapes
The book has a message of tolerance, acceptance
and being kind
, which is so important in today’s diversified classrooms.
It’s also a great read if your class follows a “bucket filling”
I’ve provided some wonderful YouTube links if you don’t have the book.
With these things in mind, I designed this “shapely pumpkin packet” which includes an emergent reader booklet
featuring words from the Dolch
lists, with a full page or 2-on-a-page options.
Students read, trace, write and color, as well as draw the 2D shapes: circle, oval, rectangle, square, triangle, & hexagon
. They also underline the capital letters
and include the end punctuation
There’s also a quick, easy
and super-fun craftivity
, where students pick a shape and can either make a plain, shapely pumpkin, or opt for a Jack-O-Lantern, with facial features
that match the shape of their pumpkin.
Besides the standard shapes listed above, I’ve also included patterns to make a pentagon, octagon, trapezoid, rhombus, heart
Older students can write the attributes
of their shapes on the back.
Completed projects make an adorable, pumpkin patch bulletin board
Use the 3 posters
for the center of your display.
Afterwards, use the graphing extension
to see which shape was the favorite.
For further reinforcement, there’s a set of colorful pumpkin cards
, which feature all of the 12, 2D shapes
Use as a center
for an independent sorting
You can also make an extra set; cut the cards in half to make puzzles.
The matching pocket chart cards
could also be cut in half.
There are also shape word cards
for a Memory Match game
. Children can match picture to word
, or picture to picture.
Use these for an “I Have; Who Has?” game
as well. “I have the circle shaped pumpkin card. Who has the circle word card?”
The packet also includes several writing prompts
based on Spookley, as well as 2 Venn diagrams
, plus several bookmarks and a “Rhyme Time”
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, hoping your students enjoy “shaping up” with a sweet little pumpkin named Spookley
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