I started by bringing my pumpkin in a bag and having the students guess what it was. I wrote sentence frames for my lower proficiency students so they could easily say, "I guess there is a ___________ in the bag."
The cool (and unexpected) thing about using a pumpkin as a vehicle for our story was the motor development practice it gave them. It's hard to write on a pumpkin! I traced a straight line with chalk for some of my students who really needed help, but I think they did a pretty good job with their handwriting, bumps and lumps and all! They were so proud of their pumpkin, and it sat on my desk practically until Christmas.
I tried something new with my second graders and gave them each individual pumpkins. The pumpkins were only $1 each at the grocery store, and I have a small class, so it was budget friendly. When I planned a school-wide pumpkin decorating contest, I asked our PTA to sponsor some, as well as had pumpkins donated by a nearby nursery.
I treated this like a typical writing lesson: brainstorm, make a web or outline, write a first draft, and then write their final draft on the pumpkin itself. They LOVED it! And what a great display for fall in my classroom.
Here are some other pumpkin writing ideas I love!
|Source: The Moffatt Girls|
|Source: Simply Second Grade|