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Reading the story “Spookley The Square Pumpkin”, by Joe Troiano, is a fun way to practice 2D shapes.
The book has a message of tolerance, acceptance and being kind, which is so important in today’s diversified classrooms.
It’s also a great read if your class follows a “bucket filling” program.
I’ve provided some wonderful YouTube links if you don’t have the book.
With these things in mind, I designed this “shapely pumpkin packet” which includes an emergent reader booklet featuring words from the Dolch lists, with a full page or 2-on-a-page options.
Students read, trace, write and color, as well as draw the 2D shapes: circle, oval, rectangle, square, triangle, & hexagon. They also underline the capital letters and include the end punctuation.
There’s also a quick, easy and super-fun craftivity, where students pick a shape and can either make a plain, shapely pumpkin, or opt for a Jack-O-Lantern, with facial features that match the shape of their pumpkin.
Besides the standard shapes listed above, I’ve also included patterns to make a pentagon, octagon, trapezoid, rhombus, heart and star pumpkin too.
Older students can write the attributes of their shapes on the back.
Completed projects make an adorable, pumpkin patch bulletin board.
Use the 3 posters for the center of your display.
Afterwards, use the graphing extension to see which shape was the favorite.
For further reinforcement, there’s a set of colorful pumpkin cards, which feature all of the 12, 2D shapes listed.
Use as a center for an independent sorting activity.
You can also make an extra set; cut the cards in half to make puzzles.
The matching pocket chart cards could also be cut in half.
There are also shape word cards for a Memory Match game. Children can match picture to word, or picture to picture.
Use these for an “I Have; Who Has?” game as well. “I have the circle shaped pumpkin card. Who has the circle word card?”
The packet also includes several writing prompts based on "Spookley", as well as 2 Venn diagrams, plus several bookmarks and a “Rhyme Time” activity.
: I've successfully done this craft with my Young Fives (4s turning 5 by December 1st), so after you check the PREVIEW, you can decide if this project is too difficult for your PK kiddos. (They also enjoyed the graphing extension & game cards. We did the Venn diagrams as a whole group activity, where I wrote in their answers via a discussion.)
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, hoping your students enjoy “shaping up” with a sweet little pumpkin named Spookley.