Professional Development

October 16, 2015

4 Pumpkin Literacy Activities for Kindergarten and First Grade [Plus a freebie!]

One thing I have learned over the years is that no matter the child, drawing on a relevant, engaging topic that brings excitement benefits our learning environment. Depending on the time of year, it can be life cycles, animals, insects, or even pumpkins. The fall is so fun and is a great time to bring in extra pumpkin activities, bat activities, and spider activities. Let’s dig into some pumpkin literacy activities and how I would integrate pumpkins into our curriculum.

1. Non-Fiction Text Features Anchor Chart

One simple way to work in non-fiction text features is to use your favorite non-fiction pumpkin books. Some of my favorites are:

As you read and examine the nonfiction features, you can create an anchor chart together! Here is an example of what mine looked like!  After creating your anchor chart, you can have students dig through books and use sticky notes to mark pages that had text features we were searching for. 

2. Making Connections with Pumpkin Read Alouds

You can also easily discuss making connections! There are many wonderful fiction read aloud books about pumpkins. You can even bring in a pumpkin to carve and then discuss text-to-self connections after reading a book.

Favorite Pumpkin Read Alouds

In kindergarten, doing A LOT of text-to-self work before you extended it to text-to-text or text-to-world is necessary.  It also is the easiest connection for them. They were always able to find a “Me too!” moment! Take some time to write about the connection and bring some writing in, too!

Pumpkin Text-to-Self Connections Craft

You can also have students practice reviewing story elements like character, setting, problem, and solution.

3. Pumpkin Shared Reading

I love, love, love shared reading! It’s one of my favorite parts of the day.  It so easy to squeeze in extra practice on literacy skills and the kids always have a blast singing or reading the poem we have for the week. With the pumpkin shared reading, we did sight word work and used a yellow crayon to circle all of the sight words in the poem.  These poems then go into our Song and Poem Books (folders with brads) and the students read them over and over during read to self time. They just love them!

Pumpkin Shared Reading

4. Pumpkin Flip Up Book Freebie

One reason I love flip up books is that they make integrating literacy, science, and math so easy. (Read more about why I love them HERE!). You can have students work on these books in large group, small groups, or independently. There are so many ways to use flip up book in the primary classroom.

You can grab the pumpkin one FREE!

Pumpkin Flip Up Book

Click here to get it!

Are you looking for some pumpkin literacy activities that integrate well with literacy in your classroom?

Grab the Pumpkin Fun Literacy Unit. It includes:

  • 2 Pumpkin Poems and Shared Reading Material
  • Non-Fiction Pumpkin Read Aloud Ideas
  • Pumpkin Non-Fiction Text Elements anchor chart information
  • Pumpkin Life Cycle Activities
    • Retelling cards in color and black and white
    • Pumpkin Life Cycle Flip Book
  • Fiction Pumpkin Read Aloud Ideas with Text-to-Self Connection Recording Sheets
  • Pumpkin Craftivity (with making connections writing piece to go with it)
  • BONUS: Print and Go Pumpkin Activity Sheets
    • Stamping Pumpkin Words
    • Label a Pumpkin
    • Ordering Pumpkin Numbers
    • Making 10

When you pick up the Pumpkin Fun Literacy Unit, all you have to do is add your favorite read alouds and you’ll be set for some fall fun! Get it today to have fun while learning.

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Happy Teaching,


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Hi, I'm Amanda

I’m a K-1 teacher who is passionate about making lessons your students love and that are easy to implement for teachers.  Helping teachers like you navigate their way through their literacy block brings me great joy. I am a lifelong learner who loves staying on top of current literacy learning and practices. Here, you’ll find the tools you need to move your K-2 students forward!


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  1. Hi! My name is Fae Dalyell and I live in Belle Isle,FL. I have read your blog post about Integrating Pumpkins and a FREEBIE and I want to say that I am quite impressed with your professionalism on the subject!

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