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The Pumpkin Patch is filled with wonderful ideas for October and November activities that revolve around everyone's favorite fall symbol, the pumpkin.  Kids love pumpkins and the many things they can do with them.  You can incorporate pumpkins into your studies of the farm, harvest, autumn, falling leaves, Halloween, scarecrows, and Thanksgiving.   

On this page, you'll find songs and poems ... art, math, and science activities ... lots of books about pumpkins, from delightful stories to eye-catching science books ...  suggested follow up activities ... a great list of pumpkin links ... terrific photos from our classroom and from the pumpkin patches I like to visit ... and much more.  Enjoy your visit to The Pumpkin Patch, and have a truly fantastic fall!

Happy Teaching!

Victoria
 


Victoria at Avila Barn.
All photos copyright Victoria Smith.

 

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Please visit my other Fall-themed online units:


 

A is for Apple


 
 

Scarecrows

The Leaves Are Falling Down


 
 
 
 

Going Batty

Halloween ~ Coming Soon


Along Came A Spider


 


 

They chose me from my brothers,
"That's the nicest one!" they said.
And they carved me out a face,
And put a candle in my head.
Then they set me on the doorstep,
Oh, the night was dark and wild.
When they lit the candle,
Then I smiled!



 
 
 
 

Jack O' Happy

This is our "Happy Poem" for October:

This is Jack O' Happy.
This is Jack O' Sad.
Now you see him sleepy.
Now you see him mad.
This is Jack in pieces small,
But in a pie he's best of all!

Things we do with this poem:

I write a copy of the poem on a half sheet of colored railroad board, and decorate with appropriate pictures.  The poem can be sung to the tune of "Sing a Song of Sixpence."  We also chant/rap the poem while keeping time by slapping our knees with our hands, pausing at the end of each line.  After practicing a few times, I add this card to my Song & Poetry Cards box for use during Literacy Centers.

I make two sets of sentence strips, using black and orange for alternating lines.  I laminate my strips for extra durability.  Place one set in the pocketchart and cut the other set into individual words.  Staple a one-gallon ziplock freezer bag near the bottom of the pocket chart, and place the cut-up strips inside for the kids to match to the text in the pockets or to build the poem on the floor.  Using two different colors (I use orange and black or orange and green) helps the kids make visual matches more quickly.

I have blackline masters of this poem from Scribbles N Dots, for making individual student books, which are kept in each child's Book Box.  I use the same pictures in the pocketchart, to help emergent readers track the poem correctly.  I've also enlarged the student book pages to Big Book size (then glued them to  12 x 18 construction paper), and have 2 copies available for reading during Literacy Centers and Self-Selected Reading.  Some years I have the students paint the various pictures of Jack for another class Big Book, but only after they've learned the poem by heart.

If you have wall space available (beneath the chalkboard is a great spot), hang one set of pages for a Wall Book your students can read during Literacy  Centers, as a Read the Room / Read the Walls activity.  We use popsicle sticks (tips dipped in glue then in glitter) as Magic Reading Wands.  You could also use pencils or chopsticks with Pumpkin Erasers glued to the ends for a fun seasonal Reading Wand.

Jack O' Happy makes a great Felt Board Story ... just cut pumpkins from felt and add features with a black marker.

On the day we carve pumpkins in class, I always carve a small pumpkin (5 to 6 inches tall) to resemble Jack O' Happy. If your school allows it, place a candle inside so the kids can learn the terrific autumn smell of roasting pumpkins.

The following day, we chant or sing our Jack O' Happy poem several times, then I cut Jack into Pieces Small (the pieces are actually quite large, so that individual pieces are recognizable ... eyes, mouth, etc., maybe 5 or 6 pieces in all).  I then gently place the pieces in a one-gallon glass pickle jar (using glass -- not plastic -- is very important, as plastic allows air to enter and gases/odors to escape). 

Once Jack in Pieces Small is inside the jar, I place him on our 
Science Observation table, where he remains for the rest of the year.  We make a Language Experience chart for the kids to predict what will happen to Jack, and there is a composition book, markers and pencils, and magnifying glasses next to the jar, for the children to record their observations for the remainder of the school year.

This is a fun project that the kids don't lose interest in, as Jack slowly softens and turns to mush.  Some years, he even grows mold, but it's surprising how well Jack holds up inside that glass jar :o)

 


 



 
 
 
 


 
 

 
 

 

Swan's Pumpkin Farm Fun Pumpkin Facts!

  Pumpkins are not vegetables ... they're fruits.
 

  Pumpkins, gourds, and other varieties of squash are all members of the family Cucurbitacae, which also includes cucumbers, gherkins, and melons.
 

  Pumpkins have been grown in America for over 5,000 years. They are indigenous to the western hemisphere and were completely unknown in Europe before the time of Columbus.
 

  In 1584, the French explorer Jacques Cartier reported from the St. Lawrence region that he had found "gros melons," which was translated into English as "ponpions," or pumpkins.
 

  There was probably some kind of pumpkin served at the first Thanksgiving Feast. Pumpkins and other forms of squash made up one leg of the triad -- maize, beans, and squash -- that once formed the basic diet of American Indians.

For more pumpkin facts and lore, visit
Swan's Pumpkin Farm


 
 



 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater

Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater
Had a wife and couldn't keep her.
He put her in a pumpkin shell
And there he kept her very well.

Follow Up Activity

Pumpkin, Pumpkin,
What's In My Pumpkin?

Read Rozanne William's book
What's In My Pocket?
(a Level 2 Emergent Reader Science book from Creative Teaching Press).


 

Make individual student books or a class Big Book
using the following writing frame:

Pumpkin, pumpkin, what's in my pumpkin?
Something that's ______, _______, and _______.

Children provide the clues/descriptive words and draw a picture.  You can make this book from large Ellsion pumpkin shapes -- orange for the covers with two white pages inside.

The cover has the title and author info:

"Pumpkin, Pumpkin"
by Mrs. Smith

The first page has the writing frame.
The second page has an illustration.

No matter how many times we read/sing/chant
Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater
no one has EVER put a wife inside their book :o)


 
 


 
 

Our Pumpkin Patch Wall

Each year we begin October in the same way, by fingerpainting pumpkins for our Pumpkin Patch wall.
This basic bulletin board stays in place all year long, though it's sometimes covered with plain blue paper for other seasonal
activities -- that way, I can leave the tree and fence in place and use them in the Fall and the Spring for our various outdoor themed units.

The KinderKids each get a sheet of plain white painting paper, with a glob of liquid starch in the middle.
Then they add a squirt of yellow paint and a squirt of red paint, and swirl the colors together to make an orange pumpkin shape.
When the pumpkins are dry, I cut them out and add pre-printed labels with the children's names
(if you make these on your computer printer, you'll always be ready to label projects).

This picture of the whole Pumpkin Patch wall shows the tree covered with fall-colored leaves, which will be
gradually removed as the leaves fall down outside (which happens quite late here in Bakersfield ... we still have
leaves coming down when we return to school in January, after Winter Break).

The tree is labeled with sentence strips identifying the colors of the leaves, and the scarecrow is labeled
with more difficult sentences,which the children memorize and learn to track correctly as part of our Read The Room
literacy center.  As they become better readers, they can "read" more of the words in the sentences,
not only on the wall but in other contexts as well, and the words begin appearing in their daily writing.

The picture below shows how the Pumpkin Patch wall grows throughout October and into November,
when we add our TLC Scarecrows, which are part of my Scarecrow, Scarecrow unit.

In November, we do a "Family Turkey Project," which is a blackline turkey printed on cardstock.
The children take it home and decorate it with their families, and then bring it back to school to be added to the Pumpkin Patch wall.

All of the student artwork comes off the wall the day before Thanksgiving, and then I cover the scarecrow, tree, and fence
with blue paper to use as a background for our Winter units.  In early March, I remove the paper, and we're ready to
begin using the fence, etc., for our Spring Units, which include Going Buggy and Come Into The Garden.
The kids always get very excited to see that the scarecrow has been hiding behind the paper all Winter.

If you'd like to see some close-up photos of the turkeys,
click here to visit the InMyRoom photo page from November 11, 2000.
 
 



 
 
 
 

Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden

Glorious color photographs steal the show in this book on pumpkins in all their sumptuous rotundity and diversity. From the opening spread of a mound of giant pumpkins, dwarfing the preschooler nestled in their midst, to a concluding series of shots of a seed toothed jack-o' lantern gradually subsiding into the regenerative earth -- i.e., decomposing over time -- each spread is a visual delight.

The KinderKids love the Pumpkin Circle book!  I keep it on the table next to our carved pumpkin while we watch the decomposition process.  I chop up our jack o lantern and put him in a one gallon glass jar (so he's "Jack in pieces small," from the Jack O Happy poem) and we watch him turn slowly to sludge for the rest of the year.  Lots of fun for the kids, and they get to record observations/drawings in a journal.  I keep colored pencils, markers, and magnifying glasses with Jack for easy student access.

Available in hardcover and paperback editions

 


 
 



 
 
 
 
 


 
Pumpkin Stories

 

Too Many Pumpkins

A delightful story about a girl who hated pumpkins, chosen as a 1996 American Bookseller "Pick of the Lists."  Read the Amazon.com reviews to find out why this is a perennial favorite.

The Biggest Pumpkin Ever

Two mice, each without the other's knowledge, help a pumpkin grow into "the biggest pumpkin ever"--but for different purposes.

It's Pumpkin Time!

A little girl tells how she and her brother begin celebrating Halloween in the summer when they plant their pumpkins.  A perennial favorite from Scholastic, with simple text that details the journey from seed to pumpkin.  Also available in a hardcover edition.

Pumpkins:
A Story for a Field

Upset because the field across from his house is for sale, a man decides to save it from development by buying it himself. He doesn't have the resources, however, so he grows and sells pumpkins to raise the funds. Beautifully realistic watercolor and gouache illustrations.

Also available in a hardcover edition.

Patty's Pumpkin Patch

Children entering Patty's pumpkin patch will not only find a continuous story, told in the main text and illustrations, but also an introduction to the alphabet, presented in smaller illustrations along the bottom of each page.  A KinderKids favorite!

Pumpkin, Pumpkin

The sequencial story of the journey from seed to pumpkin and back again. The story features softly illustrated pages with interesting details.

 Also available in a hardcover edition.

The Great Pumpkin Switch

A vivid and provocative story set in small-town America in the 1920s. Lewin's watercolors glow as if lit from within, imparting a brilliance and sense of immediacy to this remembrance of a time gone by.

The Pumpkin Runner

Based on the real-life experiences of Cliff Young, this is the story of a 61-year-old Australian farmer who won a 542-mile foot race against younger and more traditionally and technologically trained opponents. The story opens with young Joshua eating
pumpkins for energy and then running for the joy of it.  An inspiring story enjoyed by all ages.

The Pumpkin Blanket

Readers either love or hate this story of a little girl who gives up her special blanket to keep the pumpkins from freezing.  I enjoyed the many opportunities for discussion that came from reading this one to my kinderkids and first grade students.

Picking Apples & Pumpkins
(a Read With Me book)

A timely tale of a family outing, Picking Apples and Pumpkins shares the pleasures of autumn and the delights of fresh picked favorites, along with carving jack-o-lanterns and baking yummy apple pies. An apple pie recipe is included to ensure a truly delicious ending.

Also available in a hardcover edition.


Terrific
Teacher Resource!

Apples, Pumpkins, and Harvest
Thematic Unit from Scholastic

Ready-To-Go Activities, Games, Literature Selections, Poetry and Everything You Need for a Complete Theme Unit

10% off Scholastic's Price

Apples & Pumpkins

It is Fall! And for one little girl, that means the special joys of visiting the Comstock Farm: choosing the reddest apples from the trees and finding the best pumpkin in the patch.

Also available in a hardcover edition.


See Rockwell's other seasonal favorite below,
Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night

Pumpkin Moonshine

A classic tale retold by two-time Caldecott Honor artist Tasha Tudor.  Tudor's delicate orange-framed watercolors of a rural autumn and a bonneted little girl
speak to a softer side of Halloween--one that is not overtaken by werewolves, blood, and gore, but is a reminder of the season in all its fresh abundance.
Highly recommended.

Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night

By Anne Rockwell,
author of Apples & Pumpkins

I love Rockwell's simple books for emergent readers (and listeners) and this one is no exception.  A gentle story about a young boy's search for the perfect pumpkin for Halloween.

Pumpkin Fiesta

A fun look at growing pumpkins with a multi-cultural/Hispanic flavor.  Old Juana grows enormous pumpkins that always win her the "special pumpkin crown at the big fiesta each year." Envious Fernando vows to learn her secret and capture the crownfor himself.  Humorously told and thoroughly enjoyable.


 
 



 
 
 
 
 


 
Pumpkin Patch
Vocabulary


pumpkin
garden
wagon
rake
shovel
vine
leaf
stem
bugs
worms
sky
round
fat
sun
sunflower
scarecrow
face
eyes
mouth
nose
ears
hair
candle
glowing
short
big
pumpkin patch
crow
bird
orange
green
brown
black
yellow
red
white
blue
tall
small

I write these words on sentence strips, glue on a corresponding picture to help the children identify the words, then cut the strips apart into individual words with pictures.  I use two or three different seasonal colors, and I make a matching set of words (each in the same color as its "twin") to place in front of the words with pictures.

My students use the words in their daily writing, and can go remove the word *without* the picture in order to copy/spell it correctely.  They have to leave the "picture word" card in the pocket chart to assist in replacing their card correctly.
 
 


 
 


 

We're writing about pumpkins, too, after drawing or painting pumpkin pictures.  Our focus is descriptive words, using two words per sentence in the following frame:

My pumpkin is ______ and ______.
 
 



 
 
 
 

Writer's Workshop

Publishing Student Writing

At this time of year, I have sentence writing frames posted in several places around the room, to help the children write simple stories of 3 to 10 sentences each (depending on their motivation and excitement during writing time or when choosing writing as a free choice activity).  After they conference with me about their writing, I help them "publish" their stories, which they illustrate using a variety of media ... crayons, markers, colored pencils, magazine pictures, water color paints, etc.

Published books are made of a 9" x 12" sheet of colored construction paper folded to make a 6" x 9" cover.  The front cover has a 4" x 5" piece of white construction paper already glued in place for their cover illustration.  I write the book title at the top of the cover, and the author's name and publication date at the bottom, so that it looks like this:


My Pumpkin


illustration
goes here




 

By Mrs. Smith

October 15, 2000

I use folded 8 1/2" x 11" photocopy paper to make the pages, with the open edges of the paper stapled into the cover.  This makes pages double-thick and much more durable.  I never laminate any part of these student books.

Inside is a Title Page (which they illustrate), and numbered book pages, with their sentences written one to a page with the writing at the top of each page (I do this to model where to put the writing for  when they begin publishing on their own -- if they begin writing at the top of the page, they never run out of room :o)

If they write an even number of sentences, there will be a blank page at the end of their book.  I don't number this page, but I do write The End in large letters in the middle of it, to curb their desire to keep illustrating after the story is finished.

Once a week, I have another staff member (principal, custodian, Healthy Start coordinator, another teacher, etc.) review my students' books that were published that week, to select the three "best" books, which get large gold peel-and-stick seals on them.  The kids love getting Writing Awards that look like Caldecott Medals!  We use a variety of criteria for judging books, so that all students have several award-winning books throughout the year:  Most Colorful, Longest Story, Shortest Story, Best Pumpkin Story, Best Non-Fiction Story, Most Words with the Letter P, etc.

 


 


 

Veggies from Avila Barn, on our Science Table.

The KinderKids love to weigh, measure, touch, sort, and explore these squashes, gourds, pumpkins, and the dried corn.

Try this with an ear of dried decorative corn:  remove the husk/leaves, and place two ears of corn in a clear glass baking dish.  Add water until half of the corn is under water.  Change the water a couple times a week to keep it from getting cloudy, and add water as needed.  In a few days, you'll have dozens of corn plants sprouting from the top half of the corn ears.
 



 


 

Click here to see my online Emergent Reader titled: I Went To The Farm.
Your students will enjoy reading this interactive story,
illustrated with photos of farm animals and vegetables taken at Avila Barn.
 
 



 
 
 
 
 


 
 

Five Pumpkins Fat and Round
By Victoria Smith
(tune:  Five Green and Speckled Frogs)

Five pumpkins fat and round
In a field outside of town
Waiting for Halloween to come,
Uh huh!

Along came the farmer's son,
He picked the biggest one,
Then there were four more pumpkins fat and round.

repeat verses, counting down to one ...

One pumpkin fat and round
In a field outside of town
Waiting for Halloween to come,
Uh huh!

Along came the farmer's son,
He picked the only one,
Then there were no more pumpkins fat and round.

 


 
 
 



 
 
 
 
 

Pumpkin Counting Game


I use twelve small plastic pumpkins from the Dollar Store and 78 wooden popsicle sticks for this popular October activity that teaches sequence and one-to-one correspondance.

Using a permanent marker, number the pumpkins from 1 to 12 on the back.  Students arrange the pumpkins in numerical order, then place the corresponding number of popsicle sticks in each pumpkin.  If they do it correctly, there are no popsicle sticks left over.

 


 
 



 
 
 
 


 
 
Non-Fiction Pumpkin Books
Science Books My Students Enjoy

 
 

Patty's Pumpkin Patch

A captivating ABC book that takes us through the seasons in the garden.  Children entering Patty's pumpkin patch will not only find a continuous story, told in the main text and illustrations, but also an introduction to the alphabet, presented in smaller illustrations along the bottom of each page.  Read the reviews at Amazon, this is a gorgeous book!

The Pumpkin Patch

Starting with a stunning jacket photograph of the glossy end product, the stages of plowing, planting, cultivating, and harvesting are beautifully and effectively recorded in this favorite Fall book.

Also available in a

hardcover edition.

It's a Fruit, It's a Vegetable,
It's a Pumpkin

A Rookie Read Aloud Science Book

Your students will learn a lot about pumpkins and will enjoy the gorgeous photographic illustrations in this child-friendly book.

Also available in a

hardcover edition.

Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden

Glorious color photographs steal the show in this book on pumpkins in all their sumptuous rotundity and diversity. From the opening spread of a mound of giant pumpkins, dwarfing the preschooler nestled in their midst, to a concluding series of shots of a seed-toothed jack-o' lantern gradually subsiding into the regenerative earth, each spread is a visual delight.

The Pumpkin Book

From seed to vine and blossom to table, Gail Gibbons traces the growth cycle of everyone's favorite autumn symbol.

Kids' Pumpkin Projects:
Planting & Harvest Fun

A great resource book if you have garden space at school ... if you don't, there are still lots of projects and activities your students will enjoy!  From planting tiny seeds to baking pumpkin pie, city and country kids are sure to have fun all year long. A bonanza of hands-on, indoor/outdoor pumpkin experiences provide an eye-opening view of the secret life of plants and seeds. 

In A Pumpkin Shell:

Over 20 Pumpkin Projects for Kids
From Seed to Pumpkin: How Things Grow




Terrific
Teacher Resource!

Everything for Fall

A Complete Activity Book for Teachers of Young Children: Activities for September, October, and November.

20% off publisher's price.

 


 
 



 
 
 
 

5 Little Pumpkins


Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.

The first one said "Oh, my, it's getting late."

The second one said "There are witches in the air."

The third one said "But I don't care!"

The fourth one said "Let's run and run and run."

The fifth one said "I'm ready for some fun!"

Woo-ooo! went the wind

And out went the light,

And the five little pumpkins rolled out of site.

Things we do with this poem:

I write a copy of the poem on a half sheet of colored railroad board, and decorate with appropriate pictures (try using the Ellison rail  fence and pumpkin shapes).  The poem can be used as a fingerplay or sung to a traditonal tune (Raffi has it on one of his tapes/albums).   We also chant/rap the poem while keeping time by slapping our knees with our hands, pausing at the end of each line.  After practicing a few times, I add this card to my Song & Poetry Cards box for use during Literacy Centers.

For first and second grade classes, this would be a good Pocket Chart poem, with matching text cut apart for building the poem on the floor.

I've made a Big Book of this poem on 12" x 18" dark blue construction paper, using Ellison shapes (rail fence, yellow crescent moon, pumpkins that I draw faces on).  I typed the words on the computer and enlarged them, then pasted them at the bottom of each page.

If you have the space available, you can post your Big Book pages on the wall, so your students can read the story during Literacy Centers/Read the Room time.

You can make small books for your students to illustrate, possibly as a directed art activity (you can model drawing the fence and pumpkins on an overhead projector, easel, or blackboard).  This can be done whole class or with small groups.

If you have LOTS of wall space to use, this poem makes a great bulletin board, with child-painted art.

I've made workmats for this poem (on  9" x 12" construction paper), with the correct sentence at the bottom of each mat.  My students "tell" the story by adding the correct number of pumpkin-shaped erasers to the fence/gate on each mat.


 

5 Little Pumpkins directed art project
from TLC "Beginning Lessons" Book
click here to visit the TLC Website

 


 



 
 
 
 

Pumpkin Songs and Poems


Pumpkins
(tune:  Mary Had a Little Lamb)

We are pumpkins, big and round,
Big and round, big and round.
We are pumpkins, big and round,
Seated on the ground.

When you see me in the fields,
Glowing orange in the sun,
It's time to say "Goodbye summer,
Hello Autumn fun!"

A Pumpkin Seed

A pumpkin seed's a little thing
When it's planted in the spring.
But, oh, the fun it can bring ...

At Halloween it turns into
A pumpkin pie for me and you,
Or jack-o-lantern that says
BOO!

 

Two Pumpkin Seeds

One day I found two pumpkin seeds.
I planted one and pulled the weeds.
It sprouted roots and a long green vine.
A pumpkin grew.  I called it mine.
My pumpkin was quite round and fat.
I really am quite proud of that.
But there is something I'll admit
That has me worried just a bit.
I ate the other seed, you see.
Now will it grow inside of me?

10 Little Pumpkins
(tune:  Ten Little Indians)

One little, two little, three little pumpkins,
Four little, five little, six little pumpkins,
Seven little, eight little, nine little pumpkins,
Ten pumpkins in the pumpkin patch.

I always have my students use their fingers while singing any variation of the Ten Little Indians song (and we make up new ones all the time).   By singing lots of these number fingerplays, my kids develop the ability to automatically hold up the right number of fingers (without thinking or counting) when I say "Show me four.  Show me seven."

Last year, I started singing these number fingerplays while we walked around the perimeter of a dodgeball circle, cooling down from running the track right after breakfast.  We also sang phonics songs as part of our cool-down.  I don't know if it was the motion/kinesthetic movement, the extra oxygen to their brains after running, or just pure luck, but last year's KinderKids learned their numbers and letter sounds much faster than my previous classes.

I Am A Pumpkin
(tune:  modified Twinkle, Twinkle or modified I'm A Little Teapot)

I am a pumpkin, big and round.
Once upon a time I grew on the ground
Now I have mouth, two eyes, a nose.
What are they for, do you suppose?
When I have a candle inside shining bright,
I'll be a jack-o-lantern on Halloween night.
 


 

Jack-o-lanterns, big and scary,
Some are sad, some are merry.
Some are large and some are small.
Some just have no teeth at all!


 
 



 
 
 
 


 
 
More Pumpkin Stories

 
 

Five Little Pumpkins

On Halloween night, five little jack-o'lanterns come alive and join the trick-or-treaters.   This delightfully illustrated version of the well-known chant and finger play is complemented by watercolor pictures that evoke the autumn season.

The Vanishing Pumpkin

A 700-year-old woman and an 800-year-old man search out their lost pumpkin. Illustrated by Tomie dePaola.

Pumpkin Light

Halloween is Angus's favorite day of the year. One shivery Halloween night, however, Angus gets himself into big trouble with an enchanted scarecrow and a magical pumpkin, making this one Halloween he will never forget.

I'm a Seed
Scholastic Hello Science Reader, Level 1

Two newly planted seeds, the first a marigold, the second a mystery seed, discuss the changes that take place as they grow until the second seed delightedly becomes a bright pumpkin plant with five baby pumpkins.

Big Pumpkin

In a nicely cadenced variant on The Enormous Turnip, a witch is vainly trying to tug a pumpkin off its vine in order to bake a pie. A number of other Halloween figures (ghost, vampire, mummy) happen by to help; they sneer at the little bat who suggests that they all pull together, but then take his advice. They share the witch's pie, and afterward she plants one of the pumpkin seeds.

Also available in a hardcover edition.

Jeb Scarecrow's Pumpkin Patch

A young scarecrow devises a profitable plan to keep the local crows from having their harvest  party in his pumpkin patch. Colorful, detailed illustrations bring the story to life.

Also available in a hardcover edition.

 


 
 



 
 
 
 


 
Making Words Activity 

Here is a partial list of words you can create from
"Pumpkin Patch"


 
in
pin
tin
chin
kin
an
pan
man
tan
can
it
pit
nit
up
pup
cup
nip
tip
chip
pip
at
pat
mat
cat
chat
chip
tip
pump
chump
chap
nap
tap
map
cap
itch
pitch
patch
match


 
 



 
 


 
Favorite Characters & Series

 

Pooh's Halloween Parade
A Winnie The Pooh First Reader

Pooh's Pumpkin
A Winnie The Pooh First Reader

Pooh's Leaf Pile
A Winnie The Pooh First Reader

The Pumpkin Man

Hello Reader Level 2

Pinky and Rex and the Perfect Pumpkin

A beginning chapter book from the popular series.  Great for read aloud time.

It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

The popular  Halloween video that I've watched for the past 34 years, in VHS format.  Also available in a DVD edition

Clifford's First Autumn

Clifford's Halloween

Clifford's First Halloween

The Pee Wee Scouts
Grumpy Pumpkins

Pee Wee Scouts are great read alouds or first independent chapter books.

The Pee Wee Scouts
Tricks or Treats

The Pee Wee Scouts
Halloween Helpers

Another fun seasonal story from Judy Delton


 


 

Projects from the Sunset Magazine Website
photos copyright by Sunset Magazine

Handpainted Party Pumpkins from Sunset Magazine Website
I don't know how long they'll keep this online, but it's a great project.

Check out Sunset Magazine's pumpkin carving instructions, too.


 



 

Pumpkin Patch Links


Pumpkin Sites
The Pumpkin Farm.com
Visit Swan's Pumpkin Farm in Racine County, Wisconsin
The Pumpkin Circle Project
This website is for teachers, parents and pumpkin lovers around the world who want to learn about the miraculous cycle of nature that unfolds in every pumpkin patch. We invite you to grow pumpkins, watch our video, read the book, and link with others who are engaged in garden-based learning.
Interactive Online Pumpkin Fact Quiz  Test your pumpkin knowledge.
Virtual Jack-o-Lantern
Design & Carve Your Own Pumpkin Online -- a fun site for kids and kids-at-heart
Pumpkin Measuring Homework  A parent letter explaining how to measure pumpkins at home -- can be easily adapted as an in-class activity  The Pumpkin Nook
Everything about pumpkins
Jack O'Lantern.com
Jack-o-lantern history, tools, and information
The History of the Jack-o-Lantern Swan's Pumpkin Carving
Pumpkin Activities for Kindergarten Education World's Pumpkin Activities Page ~ don't miss it! World Class Giant Pumpkins Homepage ~ Lots to see and do, plus loads of links.
Pumpkin Printables
Pumpkin sequencing cards Bear and Pumpkin coloring page Jan Brett's Hedgie carves a Halloween pumpkin coloring page
Kids with large pumpkin coloring page Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater coloring page Pumpkin Concentration Game cards
Pumpkin/Halloween Word Search Puzzle Pumpkin Coloring Pages Jack-o-Lantern coloring page
Printable Pumpkin Mask Pumpkins coloring page Ivy Joy's Halloween coloring pages
Other Teachers' Pumpkin Pages
Ms. Pieczko's Pumpkin Patch Addie's Pumpkin Potpourri Mrs. Griffen's Pumpkin Page
The Great Pumpkin Detective's Web Quest Lori Vig's Pumpkin Page Teaching Is A Work Of Heart Pumpkin Unit
Let's Go Pumpkin Pickin' Kindergarten Kaper's Pumpkin Unit Kelli Wilt's Pumpkin Unit
Little Giraffes Pumpkin Unit


 
 



 
 

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