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My students absolutely loved this writing project. They were incredibly creative and would beg to stay inside during recess to continue working on their writing. Even the reluctant writers wanted to write! I did this project over the course of a month - October, of course! What I really liked is that pumpkins, while seasonal are not restricted to just Halloween. Students who wanted to write about Halloween could, but there are other options provided as well. Included are pumpkin only versions of scaffolded sheets where there is no mention of Halloween at all. This writing project can be used anytime during the fall, not just at halloween.
1) Pumpkin shaped paper that when assembled makes a 3-D craftivity - Includes a cover page (students design a patterned pumpkin and outline with sharpie and 'paint' with marker) and a page for each types of writing (persuasive, informational, descriptive and procedural). The informational scaffolded sheet provides some related facts for students to use. There is also a blank version where students can research their own facts to use in their paragraph.
2) Scaffolded worksheets to encourage students to write a paragraph will correct structure.
3) Also included is a version with just prompts - no scaffolding for students who do not need the extra support. Students can glue these into their notebooks.
3) Lists of words to include in procedural (transition words) and persuasive writing.. There are small versions of the lists that can be glued into a notebook and a larger version of the lists that can be projected, displayed or distributed to students.
You can choose to use card stock, construction paper or plain 8.5 by 11 paper. I use plain copy paper … I am cheap and save the card stock for other art projects :) I like to put these on the bulletin board. and plain paper works just fine. I just staple the completed pumpkin with one side on the board. If you use card stock then they could sit on a window sill or or displayed on a table.
The scaffolded sheets have boxes for students to fill out to ensure that all students write a paragraph with the proper structure. Great for a review of different purposes for writing and for learning how to write good, structured paragraphs. Once students finish the scaffolded sheet or a draft, I had students do a good copy on the appropriate pumpkin paper.