updated October 2, 2003 ~ all underlined items are links
is prime-time for scarecrows. Sometimes you see them in summer fields,
and sometimes you have to wait until nearly Halloween, when you'll see
them in the Pumpkin Patch. They're a fun symbol of the Harvest season,
and kids love them. You can incorporate scarecrows into your studies
of the farm, harvest, autumn, falling
leaves, Halloween, pumpkins,
and/or Thanksgiving ... or do what I do, and give them a unit all their
Fall comes late where
I live in central California, so we keep our scarecrows a long time, and
they're featured in my classroom from late September until Thanksgiving,
integrated with my other fall units.
created a lot of new materials for scarecrows, and "Scarecrows Don't Scare
Me" is just one of three themes covered in my brand-new Fantastic
Fall Too! Balanced Literacy Workshop, which is being presented in several
states this fall. I've written a terrific resource book for this
workshop, with over 50 pages of ready-to-use Scarecrow themed songs and
poems (in poetry journal size and also in Song & Poetry Card size for
shared reading), learning games, emergent readers, and art projects.
You'll find blackline masters for Scarecrow Bingo, a Scarecrow Math Workjob,
two emergent readers, the TLC directed art Scarecrow project (shown on
this page), directions for pocketchart acticities, and a whole lot more.
The other themes included in this new resource book are "Down On The Farm,"
and "The Leaves Are Falling Down." Each of those themes also features
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Victoria at Avila
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Written by Linda Williams,
Illustrated by Megan Lloyd
My students love this
story each and every year!
A brave little old
lady goes for a walk and encounters some very strange company ... a pair
of clapping gloves, a top hat that nods, pants and a shirt that follow
her down the road, two shoes that go CLOMP, CLOMP! and a very scary pumpkin
A great story for promoting phonemic awareness,
repetition and rhyme, and sequencing.
I have a wonderful
pocketchart set for this book, which I purchased from McCracken at the
California Kindergarten Conference several years ago. My students
love assembling the scarecrow and making the words match the pictures.
We write extension
sentences to the story,
using writing frames
to add new parts of the scarecrow and the sounds they make.
go clink! clink!
Children enjoy coming
up with those nifty sounds.
Put clothes that match
the ones in the book in your creative play center.
Be sure to include
a shawl for the little old lady, and let the children act out the story.
They'll always have
a willing audience to help with the sounds!
Crows All Shiny Black Tune:
Five Green And Speckled Frogs
crows all shiny black,
on a scarecrow's back,
some most delicious corn ... yum yum!
winked and shouted "Boo!"
one crow and away he flew,
there are four black shiny crows, caw caw!
We make many different kinds
of scarecrows in class,
some from construction paper,
some from fabric scraps, and some that
are made from collage objects
glued to an outline.
There are Mommy scarecrows,
Daddy scarecrows, Baby scarecrows,
and sometimes we even have
This is a TLC scarecrow,
on the rail fence on our Pumpkin
You can find the directions
in the TLC "Farm" book, available through the TLC
Website, and they are also included in my Fantastic Fall Too! Workshop
A fun at-home project is making
a Family Scarecrow.
You can do this by sending
home a blackline scarecrow printed on cardstock, for the family to decorate
and return, or you can ask families to build a "real" scarcrow stuffed
with hay (I gladly provide the hay, donated by local farmers).
Scarecrow Building Tip ~ If
you are stuffing real clothing to build a scarecrow, stuff an old pair
of pantyhose or tights and place it inside the pants for a solid base.
My son's school displays their
scarecrows on the kindergarten playyard at Thanksgiving,
when they also turn the sandboxes
into cornfields by "planting" dried cornstalks in rows.
By Victoria Smith
This book is part of my popular six-title
"Down On The Farm" Emergent Reader Set. The focus of this 11 page
book is color words and other high frequency words, along with building
beginning reading skills and Concepts About Print.
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I'm A Little Teapot
watch in my field all day.
I see a crow
Mr. Crow, you'd better get out!"
his field all day.
his floppy, floppy hands
the crows away.
substituting other body parts ... arms, lets, head, etc.
A marvelous compendium of lore and how-to's
designed to enchant all ages.
Superstition and myth as well as good-hearted
efforts to chase away crop-eaters surround this ragtag hero of the fields;
most ancient civilizations, we learn, created some sort of creature-god
for protecting their harvests. Features more than 20 figures incorporating
every recycled material imaginable, such as paper plates and bags, pottery,
old metal parts, and the ubiquitous tin can.
The KinderKids love looking at the many different
types of scarecrows found in this beautiful book. I like to make
scanned color copies of the illustrationss, so that we can paste one to
a sheet of chart paper and come up with words and phrases to describe it.
We also enjoy sorting and classifying copies
of the many scarecrows into groups based on certain attributes ... this
is a terrific lesson for science, math, and language acquisition.
is a fun, kinesthetic song to use when moving from one
of the room to another, or when you need to get the
up-and-moving in order to settle them down again.
scarecrow turn around.
scarecrow touch the ground.
up tall and blink your eyes.
your hands up to the sky.
your hands, then tap your knees.
around and tap your feet.
scarecrow touch your toes.
scarecrow tap your nose.
your arms so very slow,
real fast to scare the crows!
your head, jump up and down.
sit down without a sound.
This unusual scarecrow, made
of bits and pieces of this and that, actually likes birds! Rylant's
gentle scarecrow spends his day appreciating the earth and conversing with
birds, rabbits, and bugs. My students love this new-and-different
take on the scarecrow theme!
Based on a tale by Nathaniel
Hawthorne. Brothers Robert and Daniel San Souci teamed up to create
this beautifully illustrated folktale of a scarecrow brought to life who
falls in love and -- like Pinocchio and The Velveteen Rabbit -- becomes
"real" through the power of love.
Instead of rags, the scarecrows
in this farm community wear old party clothes. Legend has it that folks
have seen the scarecrows waltz in their fancy satins and top hats during
the full moon. Gorgeous watercolor illustrations. The story
ends with a wordless double spread depicting a luminous fall evening when
scarecrows are hopping fences to join others dancing in a field.
Another one of my favorites!
A wonderful guide to making
your own scarecrow, richly illustrated with photographs of scarecrows entered
in the annual Nut Tree scarecrow conference in Vacaville, California.
I went there a lot as a child, and still have fond memories!
The scarecrow is used to the
usual commotion of a farm morning. Out in his field he has "nothing at
all" to say about any of it. One morning a mouse skitters up his pant leg,
and the stuffed fellow goes wild with dancing. The text invites participation
from the youngest listeners. By Dennis Cazet, the award-winning author-illustrator
of "I'm Not Sleepy."
When winter descends upon the
cornfield, the first snowfall brings about an amazing transformation: a
lonely scarecrow, ignored and feared by everyone is transformed into a
jolly snowman and is welcomed for the first time into the animals' games.
But what will the scarecrow's new friends think when the snow melts and
he returns -- jagged teeth and all?
When Little Bear's scarecrow
blows down on a windy day, he thinks of a new way to protect the corn from
crows -- he dresses up as Little Scarecrow Bear! But Little Bear
soon feels lonely. Is there enough corn for everybody, including
his new friends, the crows?
board decor from party store,
with sentence strips
for Read The Room activities on the Pumpkin Patch Wall.
Words Activities Here
are some of the words that can be made from the letters in
c a r e c r o w
/ Word Families / Digraphs & Blends Here
are the word "chunks" found in
c a r e c r o w
chunks are important for emergent readers, because in learning these common
patterns and the way they are pronounced and/or blended, students begin
finding the patterns in words and learning to create new words by substituting
onsets, rimes, and vowels.
common homophones/homonyms are found in scarecrow. Help your
students brainstorm lists of words that contain the same sounds, and determine
whether the sounds are spelled the same way or differently.
c a r e c r o w
as in car
sounds like air
sounds like R
as in crow
as in cow
are / our
stare / stair
pare / pair / pear
standing in the field
bright and sunny day,
forget to do your job.
the hungry crows away!
Sing a Song of Sixpence
the farmer's scarecrows
away the birds,
the farmer's corn safe
when Halloween comes
jump out of the ground
we scare the boys and girls
they come walking 'round.
Adventures of Poldy, The Scarecrow Boy My students
love these wonderful books from Sweden
First in the series, this book
introduces Poldy the Scarecrow and his friends, as they travel the
world in search of adventure, and learn concepts such as size, colors,
shapes, opposites, and numbers along the way.
pointers are in top pocket. Sentence strips cut apart into individual
can match and/or rebuild the text -- are in a one gallon plastic bag stapled
to a lower pocket.
"pointers" for reading pocket charts are inexpensive "plant sticks" from
the dollar store.
two paper plates together, leaving enough room to stuff lightly with newspaper,
then staple the opening close. This is the scarecrow's head.
Paint the front and back the color of your choice and, when it's dry, add
facial features and hair to make it look like you. Insert a ruler
or dowel where the neck would be.
bring clothes from home to stuff and place in their chairs, in a sitting
position. Slip the ruler/dowel into the neck opening of the clothing,
and you'll have a scarecrow sitting in your seat!
Students draw or paint an Autumn
picture (cornfield, garden, woods, etc.) on a 9x12 sheet of construction
paper. Next -- on a workspace paper -- they arrange pattern
blocks in the shape of a scarecrow. The yellow hexagons make great
heads, the green and blue pieces make wonderful clothes, etc. Once
their design is complete, have them copy and record it on their Autumn
background, using paper pattern block shapes. They can add other
details, as desired.
below is a Song & Poetry card for Shared Reading.
scarecrow picture is a page from a scarecrow notepad.
We had fun with a purchased
scarecrow made from plastic bags. It was
similar to the plastic bag
pumpkins. Each of the students took a leg or
arm, and stuffed it with newspaper.
Then we assembled 'Sam' and talked
about body parts. We
added a hat and a stuffed crow. The evening custodian
got a bit of a scare when
she came in to clean our room and saw him in the
I also purchased a large jointed
paper scarecrow and small individual ones
for the students. I
would position the scarecrow and the students would
match the position with theirs,
and then we would try to match it with our
bodies. I bought the
scarecrows at Big Lots and they were very inexpensive.
We also made our own scarecrows
by cutting out a circle head, square body,
rectangle arms, triangle hands
and feet. They added their own faces and
patches, buttons, etc.
It made a great bulletin board with sponge painted
pumpkins and fringed cornstalks.