Read an Awesome Pumpkin Book:

(NCSCOS Competency Goal 2- The learner will develop and apply strategies and skills to comprehend text that is read, heard, and viewed.)

Here are a few suggestions:

Pumpkin, Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington
Picking Apples and Pumpkins by Amy and Richard Hutchings
The Pumpkin Patch by Elizabeth King
Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White
Pumpkins by Rynn Williams
The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons
The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll
Mousekin’s Golden House by Edna Miller
From Seed to Jack-o-Lantern by Hannah Lyons Johnson
The All Around Pumpkin Book by Margery Culyer
The Pumpkin Circle by George Levenson

Fiction or Nonfiction:

(NCSCOS Competency Goal 3 The learner will make connections through the use of oral language, written language, and media and technology.)

Examine the characteristics of the books to determine their genre. Students can sort the books as fiction or nonfiction.
It is also fun to sort a collection of various pumpkins (plastic, stuffed, ceramic, along with a variety of real pumpkins). Students can identify the features of the fake pumpkins similarly to fiction texts.

Story Sequencing:

Use a flow map to help students retell the stories you read.
(First, Next, Then, Last… In the beginning, Meanwhile, Finally…etc.)
To add a “pumpkin twist,” write students’ ideas on a leaf or pumpkin. Use ribbon to create a “vine” to hang the leaves in order.


(NCSCOS Competency Goal 1 The learner will develop and apply strategies and skills to comprehend text that is read, heard, and viewed-poetry. Goal 4 Apply strategies and skills to create written texts.)

Read a variety of “pumpkin poems.”
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Students create their own autumn poem. See the attached template for a fun rhythm that encourages children to think about “word families” when writing a poem.

Little Jack Pumpkin:

(NCSCOS Competency Goal 4 The learner will apply strategies and skills to create oral, written, and visual texts.)

Use the pattern and template to create this cute book that demonstrates the lifecycle of a pumpkin.

Little Jack Pumpkin lived on a vine.
He was small and green, but that was fine.
He started to grow BIG and yellow.
Then he turned into a fat orange fellow.