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This fall pumpkin contraction puzzle makes it quick and easy for teachers to provide a hands on game to meet the needs of all students. Use them for autumn, Halloween, Thanksgiving - or really anytime in September, October, or November. They work great as activities, centers, stations, or games. With a no prep option - these are the perfect last minute resource for your 2nd, 3rd, or 4th, grade students.
The video preview shows the Irregular Verbs Pumpkin Puzzle. This puzzle includes the same concept, so I wanted to showcase how you can use the puzzle. Remember there is a NO PREP option if you don't want to do the cutting.
WHAT YOU GET:
• One contraction puzzle (19 pieces) with 29 different contractions to match to the two words that make it - one easy version where the words face the same direction and a harder option were the words face each other
• No Prep options of the the puzzles above
• Two editable rubric options
**Please download the preview file to see the words included in this download and all puzzle options available.**
HOW CAN THESE PUZZLES BE USED?
• Centers, stations, or rotations
• Early or fast finishers
• GATE (gifted and talented education)
• Worksheet alternatives
• Critical thinking skills
• Student, partner, or small group collaboration
• Fall (or anytime in September, October, or November)
TEACHERS WHO HAVE USED THIS RESOURCE HAVE SAID:
• Excellent and Fun resource for the season!
• This was a great activity to use with my small group. It would be great as a station or partner activity as well.
• This resource was just challenging enough for my students.
• Challenging but fun!
OTHER RESOURCES YOU MAY ENJOY
You get one puzzle in this download. This puzzle has two options - an easier option where all the words face the same way and a harder option where the words face one another. Plus you get a NO PREP option of each of those puzzles. These means there are 4 total puzzle options. Choose which options works best for your students.
The no prep puzzles are a great option if you want students to get some fine motor cutting practice and NOT know the final shape. These “cut out” sheets are meant to be given directly to the students to cut out and put together so they don't know the shape. These will be more challenging. But they are no prep – just print and go!
An editable PowerPoint file has been included as a center rubric. A full page option and half page option are both included. Print these out for immediate use, or change the wording and format to fit the needs of YOUR students.
Use these puzzles anytime you need a fun ELA literacy activity - particularly for fall or anytime in September, October, or November. This pumpkin could also be used for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or to complement a pumpkin life cycle lesson in science.
Students with special needs also do well with these once they understand the concept. With this fun game format your students will stay engaged while practicing necessary skills!
These puzzles are meant to be somewhat of a challenge - which is perfect to promote a growth mindset. Students will have to keep in mind the shape of the pumpkin and persevere if the task seems challenging. Tell students to rotate the pieces around and analyze what they can do differently until they fit. This is where their critical thinking and 21st Century skills will come into play!
Just print and quickly cut on the lines (or simply print the NO PREP option) and you have instant fall literacy centers that make skill practice fun and engaging. If you have some extra time, let your second, third, and fourth graders decorate the finished pumpkin. These colored masterpieces can then be used as artwork for the classroom, to help decorate a bulletin board, or be hung in the hallway to add some festive art flair. (And no administrator complaints since it's an academic activity!)
Homeschool Families: You're going to love these puzzles as a last minute, print and go resource! The next time you have a crazy hectic home school day - grab, download, and go! You'll instantly get your sanity back, fit in some academic work, AND have fun at the same time.
Answer key included! Correcting is easy when you use the original fully formed pumpkin to ensure all the words are in the correct order and the shape is fully created.
Thanks for looking!