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Do you read the story “Big Pumpkin” by Erica Silverman? It’s one of my all-time favorite Halloween stories.
My students love it too.
With that in mind, I designed a “Big Pumpkin” storytelling wheel which is a quick, easy & fun way for children to practice the “retelling & sequencing” a story standards.
There are full color patterns to use for an independent center, as well as a sample to share, plus a black & white template, so students can make their own.
When everyone is done, practice retelling the “Big Pumpkin” using the manipulative. Everyone starts by turning their wheel so that the witch with her pumpkin, appears in the “pie-slice window”; then call on a child to begin the story.
Continue to turn the wheel, calling on different students to tell you that portion of the story, explaining the “picture prompt”.
After the sixth-pie slice is explained (The witch made pumpkin pie and everyone ate a piece. After her guests left, she went back into the garden and planted some more pumpkin seeds.) in unison have everyone yell “Happy Halloween!”
Afterwards, have students pick a partner and take turns sharing their wheels with each other. Sometimes we do this with our older, reading buddies. This is a quick, easy & fun way to check comprehension too.
For writing practice, have students complete the “Here’s What Happened” writing prompt worksheet, then color it.
There’s a full color template so you can quickly & easily make an example to share, or do as a whole group activity with little ones.
Since this story has a moral to it, I take time to define this language arts term. I’ve included a poster for you to hang and use as a guide.
There’s also an additional writing prompt worksheet, where students explain the moral of the story.
Use the colorful pattern as a whole group activity, asking little ones what they learned from the bat, then write their answers down on the paper, which you’ve attached to your white board.
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, hoping you and your students enjoy “turning & learning” as much as we do.
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