One of the seasonal poems I do for October, is “5 Little Pumpkins Sitting On a Gate”
It’s chock full of Dolch
s, has ordinal numbers
and is a fun way to practice counting
with little ones.
My students absolutely love making and wearing a crown
, which is a quick, easy and fun craftivity, so I thought it would be fun to design 5 crown options
for my own little pumpkins.
The patterns come in color
as well as black and white
Simply choose your favorite or give children a choice, then run the template off on white card stock or construction paper.
, then trim
around the crown, then glue
the bottom to the center of a sentence strip, or length of card stock that you have cut to size.
Bulletin board border
also works really well, and adds extra pizzazz because you can choose either plain or a fall
or Halloween-themed pattern
Afterwards I have my kiddos line up and we have a pumpkin parade
, marching around the room to some spooky music.
I also have kiddos sit on the floor in a circle. I point to a child who jumps up and says, “One”. The next child I point to jumps up and says, “Two!” continue ’til you’ve counted to 5
Then clap a pattern
for them to copy (1-2 ** 3-4-5
Continue to point to children ’til everyone is standing.
Once everyone is standing, we all count backwards “5-4-3-2-1 Done!”
then everyone plops on the floor.
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, hoping your students enjoy this poem and making a crown as much as mine do.
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