are carved with all sorts of shapely features, I thought it would be fun to make some pumpkin eye
activities to practice 2D shapes
The packet includes:
* 2 sets of picture cards featuring pumpkins with the various shaped eyes: circle, oval, rectangle, square, triangle, hexagon, pentagon, octagon, rhombus, trapezoid, heart
These can be used as flashcards or for Memory Match
, or "I Have; Who Has?"
* There’s also an emergent reader craftivity
: “Pumpkin Eyes", with 3 options:
* One option features pages with simple sentences
using words from the Dolch
lists, especially pronouns
: “My pumpkin has rectangle eyes.” There is space underneath for students to draw that shape.
* Option 2 includes the sentences as well as the shapes. The 3rd option, for little ones, doesn’t have sentences, just the picture shapes for them to color.
Students cut the pages and staple the "Pumpkin Eyes" booklet to the eye-section of their pumpkin.
* I’ve also included a whole group chant
written on a poster. Read and point to the words on it:
“Oh my! We’re wise. We spy a pumpkin with ____________ eyes!”
When you get to the blank, place a shape word card on the poster.
To start the game, pass the various shaped eye cards out to your students. The child holding the called-for shape, puts that eye-card on the pumpkin poster.
Continue the chant ’til you have used all of the shape word cards
My Y5s absolutely LOVE practicing shapes this way.
* Make an extra set to be used as an independent center
. Children place the shape word above the pumpkin, then put the matching eyes on. To make this self-checking
, draw the shape on the back of the word card.
* This activity can also be used as a fun tool
for individually assessing
* Afterwards, graph
which pumpkin eyes everyone liked the best using the “Graphing Time” poster
* Another fun way to whole-group assess
2D shapes, is by making a “Pumpkin Eyes” slider craft
There are 2
to choose from, as well as two slider strip options featuring the various 2D shapes
* I’ve also included 2 pumpkin patterns where students draw a shapely face, which makes for a sweet bulletin board
. Place the “Welcome to our patch” poster
in the center of your display.
* Finally, a great “go along” story to read with these activities is Denise Fleming’s “Pumpkin Eye”
The story is about all of the things the pumpkin’s eyes see on Halloween, so I’ve included a class-made book
activity as well.
Class books are wonderful to share at Parent-Teacher Conferences
Each child completes the prompt: “My pumpkin’s eyes are ___________. (shape) He sees ____________________.
Students draw those shaped eyes on the pumpkin, then illustrate their page of what their pumpkin saw. Collect the pages, collate, then add the cover.
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, hoping your students enjoy these “pumpkin eye” activities as much as mine.
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