A spooky tale! Who was Jack O'Lantern and why do we carve pumpkins on Halloween? Learn all about it through an age appropriate informational text - story. Also included: Literacy and math activities, graphic organizers and two unique craftivities.
You can use this in the reading/literacy center, as an emergent reader, for group reading or read aloud. It is also appropriate for a great (hi)story sequence activity.
You can print it or use with your laptop, projector or Ipad in class.
This pack contains:
- The Legend of Jack O' Lantern and the historical roots of carving pumpkins informational text - story.
- A Jack O'Lantern student's book (2 versions - for different class levels)
- Common core ELA worksheets
- 2 graphic organizers
- Math worksheets
- 2 templates for two unique craftivities: Jack O'Lantern in the night and a personalized student craftivity.
The story is in color. The worksheets and templates for the craftivities are black&white.
There was a man in Ireland called Jack, who people called Stingy Jack. He liked playing tricks on everyone, even on the Devil, who he tricked twice. When he died, Saint Peter wouldn't let him into Heaven and the Devil wouldn't let him into hell, so he had no choice but to come back to Earth. As the way back was really dark, he asked for the Devil's help, who tossed him a coal from his fire. Stingy Jack took the coal and put it in a turnip, which he first hollowed out and carved and turned into a lantern. Since then, he roams the Earth with his lantern and that's why we call him Jack O'Lantern, which is short for Jack of the Lantern. The Irish were the first to carve turnips, potatoes, beets and other vegetables for Halloween. They put them in front of their houses to keep evil spirits out. When they immigrated to America they discovered that pumpkins were easier to carve. Americans liked and adopted this custom.
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