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Scarecrow, Scarecrow

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Fall 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 own.

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.

I've 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 many ready-to-use materials.  Click here to purchase this book by mail, or use the Add To Cart button to purchase the book through PayPal. 


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Happy Teaching!

Victoria


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Please visit my other Fall-themed online units:

A is for Apple


 

Halloween ~ Coming Soon

The Leaves Are Falling Down

Welcome To The Pumpkin Patch


 
 
 

Going Batty


Along Came A Spider

 

Scarecrow, scarecrow,
How scary can you be?
You scared (insert name)
But you didn't scare me!


Featured Book

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

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 head!

A great story for promoting phonemic awareness, pattern,
repetition and rhyme, and sequencing.

Also available as a book and audio cassette package.

Extension Activities

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.

Example: shiny buttons 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!

 


 
 


 
 


Five Crows All Shiny Black
Tune: Five Green And Speckled Frogs

Five crows all shiny black,
Sat on a scarecrow's back,
Eating some most delicious corn ... yum yum!
Scarecrow winked and shouted "Boo!"
Scared one crow and away he flew,
Now 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 Puppy scarecrows.

This is a TLC scarecrow, on the rail fence on our Pumpkin Patch wall.
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 Resource Book.

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.


Featured Book

The Scarecrow
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.

See below for ordering information.
 



Farm Themed books to complement your Fall, Farm, and Garden Units.

Set includes ready-to-color blackline masters for six Big Books and ready-to-copy masters for six student sized books, plus a phonics, grammar, and usage correlation for each title.

Includes instructions for making Pocket Chart Sets and Seasonal/Thematic Vocabulary

Down On The Farm
Emergent Reader Set

Six Titles
6 Big Books, 6 Little Books

order online for only $32

High Frequency Word List:

a, all, an, and, at, by, cat, day, had, he, here, in, is, little, look, my, of, on, that, the, there, this, to, two, we, went, who, with, your, black, blue, brown, gray, green, orange, pink, purple, red, tan, yellow, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday


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Scarecrow
Tune: I'm A Little Teapot

I'm a little scarecrow
Stuffed with hay,
Standing watch in my field all day.
When I see a crow
I like to shout:
"Hey, Mr. Crow, you'd better get out!"


 
 


 
 

The floppy, floppy scarecrow
Guards his field all day.
He waves his floppy, floppy hands
To scare the crows away.

* repeat, substituting other body parts ... arms, lets, head, etc.


Featured Book

Scarecrows:  Making Harvest Figures and Other Yard Folks


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.


 


Scarecrow, Scarecrow
Tune:  Twinkle, Twinkle

This is a fun, kinesthetic song to use when moving from one
part of the room to another, or when you need to get the
kids up-and-moving in order to settle them down again.

Scarecrow, scarecrow turn around.
Scarecrow, scarecrow touch the ground.
Stand up tall and blink your eyes.
Raise your hands up to the sky.
Clap your hands, then tap your knees.
Turn around and tap your feet.

Scarecrow, scarecrow touch your toes.
Scarecrow, scarecrow tap your nose.
Swing your arms so very slow,
Now real fast to scare the crows!
Tough your head, jump up and down.
Now sit down without a sound.
 




Favorite Scarecrow Books

Scarecrow

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!


Scarecrows

Wonderful photos and simple sentences are a great introduction to your scarecrow unit.  One of the most popular "browsing books" in our autumn library.


Feathertop

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.


The Scarecrow's Hat

When Chicken wants Scarecrow's hat, she has to trade for it ... but she doesn't have what Scarecrow wants.  A fun story involving lots of trades among the animals, with outstanding illustrations.


Waltz of the Scarecrows

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!


All About Scarecrows

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!


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.


Nothing at All

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."


The Little Scarecrow Boy
By Margaret Wise Brown,
author of Goodnight Moon and The Important Book.

A little scarecrow wants to go out into the cornfield with his his father says he's not fierce enough.  Beautiful, sunlit illustrations.


The Lonely Scarecrow

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?


The Scarebird

A heartwarming story about loneliness and friendship, on an isoloated farm where the farmer has no one for company but his scarecrow -- until a homeless farmhand arrives.

 


Little Bear
Makes A Scarecrow

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?


 


Scarecrow bulletin board decor from party store,
with sentence strips for Read The Room activities on the Pumpkin Patch Wall.
 
 


 

Phonics Focus


Making Words Activities
Here are some of the words that can be made from the letters in 
S c a r e c r o w
are car care rare
scare
core
ore
ware
crow
row
rows
cow
cower
rarer
wore
sore
war
wear
ear
soar
rear
swore
ears
sear

 


Rimes / Word Families / Digraphs & Blends
Here are the word "chunks" found in 
S c a r e c r o w
ar are ow
row
sc
cr
Word 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.

 



 
 
 

Homophones
These 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.
S c a r e c r o w
/ar/ as in car /are/ sounds like air /are/ sounds like R /ow/ as in crow /ow/ as in cow
far
care
are / our
crow
brow
bar
scare
.
show
how
star
stare / stair
.
flow
flower
 
pare / pair / pear
.
snow
.

 
 


 
 

The Scarecrow

Scarecrow standing in the field
On a bright and sunny day,
 Don't forget to do your job.
Scare the hungry crows away!
 
 


 

Scarecrows
Tune: Sing a Song of Sixpence

We're the farmer's scarecrows
We scare away the birds,
We keep the farmer's corn safe
Without any words.
But when Halloween comes
 We jump out of the ground
And we scare the boys and girls
When they come walking 'round.


The Adventures of Poldy, The Scarecrow Boy
My students love these wonderful books from Sweden

Learn About Numbers

The Adventures of Poldy


Hello Poldy!

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.


Learn About Colors

The Adventures of Poldy


Learn About Size

The Adventures of Poldy

 Learn About Shapes

The Adventures of Poldy


Learn About Opposites

The Adventures of Poldy

Scarecrow Happy Pocket Chart Set

Reading pointers are in top pocket.  Sentence strips cut apart into individual words --
so students can match and/or rebuild the text -- are in a one gallon plastic bag stapled to a lower pocket.
 

Scarecrow "pointers" for reading pocket charts are inexpensive "plant sticks" from the dollar store.
 


 

More Scarecrow Activities

Scarecrow Self-Portraits

Staple 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.

Students 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!
 


 

Pattern Block Scarecrows

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.
 


 

The photo below is a Song & Poetry card for Shared Reading.
The scarecrow picture is a page from a scarecrow notepad.


 
 

Three Scarecrow Ideas from "mlchundt"
shared on the KinderKorner Listserv
 

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
shadows.

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.
 
 


 
 


 

Scarecrow Links

Interactive Online Build-A-Scarecrow Activity
from the Maleny Scarecrow Carnival
fun for your students to do!

Maleny Scarecrow Carnival Hall of Fame
Photographs of the 1998 Winners
in this fun Australian festival

Scarecrows, Scarecrowland
Scarecrow artist Joyce Warren's wonderful website,
featuring original scarecrows, celebrity look-alike scarecrows, and much more

A Brief History Of Scarecrows
Also from Joyce Warren

Milton, Australia's Scarecrow Contest
Photos of winning entries

The Milazzo Family's Scarecrow Page
Photo story of their scarecrow entry in the county fair

Scarecrow Craft Patterns from FreeCraftz.com

Perennial Passion Scarecrows
Great photos of homemade garden scarecrows

Howell Family Pumpkin Farm Scarecrow Displays
Photos of thematic scarecrows
 


Scarecrow Printable Pages
From Ivy's Coloring Pages Search Engine
KinderArt Scarecrow Phee's Scarecrow & Ghost Sheryl's Graphics Scarecrow Squigly's Scarecrow
Haunted Mansion Scarecrow Huddle Holidays Scarecrow Mosdesign Scarecrow Preschool Coloring Book
Farmyard Scarecrow Wizard Of Oz Scarecrow 1 Wizard Of Oz Scarecrow 2 Scarecrow, Pumpkin & Crow

Other Teacher's Scarecrow Pages

Mrs. Fischer's Scarecrow Page

Kindergarten Treehouse Scarecrow Unit
outstanding activities across the curriculum

Mrs. Stewart's Scarecrow Page

Mrs. Anderson's Scarecrow Page


 


 


 
 

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