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Pumpkin Patch Palooza and a FREEBIE

Fall is one of my favorite times of year to teach!
I love all things Fall: pumpkins, apples, scarecrows, bats, spiders, owls....
Did I mention it is my favorite time of the year to teach?
The littles get so excited about learning and isn't that what it's all about?
Sometimes teachers get so bogged down with teaching what's in the basal (no basal for me, thank you very much!) that we forget that true learning takes place when the teacher and students are EXCITED about what they are learning.
I think that when we tap into a child's curiosity and interests we are able to take their learning to a whole new level.  Not to mention there are fewer behavior problems when students are actually interested in what you are teaching them. So shut your door, put down that basal and have some fun while learning!

During the month of October we learn all about pumpkins.
Here are a few things that are included in the unit.

A nonfiction book about the life cycle of a pumpkin with real pictures.

An emergent reader of this book is also available for the Littles to color as well as a pumpkin life cycle sheet.

Full color direction sheets so the Littles can Investigate Pumpkins and do some real world math and science.

Science journal pages to record the decomposition of your  Pumpkin Jack.

Pumpkin glyph craftivity with patterns and data analysis sheets.
Also, includes a bonus Pumpkin Detective game that is super challenging and super fun!!!

and MY FAVORITE!! I rewrote the, Five Little Pumpkins story with a cute twist.
My Littles LOVE this story and they want to read it over and over again.  

The story comes in three versions:  Big book version, pocket chart version and an emergent reader version.

Click on the picture below to download the free Five Little Pumpkins story pieces for acting out the story.

I can't even list all of the things that are in this unit because it is PACKED full of fun stuff for a Pumpkin Patch Palooza unit...
and the best part?  It's on sale through Sunday.  :) 
Click HERE to view it on TPT.

A huge thank you to Debbie Clement from Rainbows Within Reach for taking the beautiful photographs that were used in this unit and to Susanna Westby from Whimsy Workshop Teaching for the ADORABLE custom graphics that were used for the, Five Little Pumpkins story.


  1. I just bought the unit! I was just planning on doing a unit on the life cycle of pumpkins for next week!

    1. Thanks, Rachel! I hope your little pumpkins love the activities!

  2. I can't wait to do this unit after our Fall Break! I love all the activities and non-fiction reader.

  3. I'm currently using this unit, we go to the pumpkin patch next week too! I wish we didn't use a basal..Do you choose your own big book a week to use for shared reading since you don't use a basal? Luckily I work for a school who is very lenient and would probably let me give up the basal next year..

    1. I choose my own big books each week. I do a big book and a poem each week and I incorporate lots of read alouds as well.

  4. TOTALLY agree with you about kids behaving better and they are more engaged in learning when it's exciting. I love teaching using themes still, but it was a big argument in our corporation to steer away from cutesy themes in primary grades. You can meet all the standards and STILL have fun with themes. So glad to hear others feel the same way and see that Kindergarten are still little and need to have fun at school. :)
    Tickled Pink in Primary

    1. Absolutely!! You can add a lot more rigor to what you're teaching if you use topics that are interesting and fun. :)

  5. WOW! So inspiring! I'm sure your students love these! Amazing!
    Thanks for sharing! ♫



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