I LOVE the fall…the crisp air, the Halloween decorations, the pumpkin recipes floating around pinterest, all of it! As soon as socially appropriate, I drag my family to the pumpkin patch. After choosing a few pumpkins to decorate the house, we head home and jump-start our fall activities. Perhaps my favorite fall activities center around the poem “Five Little Pumpkins.” To that end, I thought it only proper that I share some of those activities with you (these activities may prove helpful with children at home or with students in the classroom).
Classes adore this poem! The cadence is easy to pick-up and the words are easy to remember. You’ll be surprised by how quickly you change from reciting the poem to your class to reciting the poem with your class. The chart can be accessed here.
To extend the learning try the following activities:
- Have students find words/letters
- Have students find rhyming pairs
- Have students create motions to go along with the poem
- Use in your “read around the room” center
For those children that love music (and who doesn’t?!) there are a number of versions on YouTube…here is my favorite!
Have your students:
- Listen as a class
- Use in your listening center
In the past, I found that using the poem and the book proved effective for my students. They could recite the books before they could actually read them. The pre-readers in your classroom will most likely feel successful with this book during independent reading time if you spend time learning the poem together prior.
This little fall craft focuses on fine motor skills, literacy, and possibly math.
- 1 piece of black construction paper
- 1 piece of green construction paper
- Safety scissors
- 10 Popsicle sticks
- Poem and pumpkin cutouts available for free here.
Number Matching Printable
- Matching number to quantity
- Flip over for an advanced matching/memory game
- Hand out and have students find their “partner”
FREE Five Little Pumpkin Printables:
I hope you find this post helpful and I hope these activities offer you constructive opportunities to further the learning process for your children in your classroom or your children at home. Happy fall (I’m going to go drink some cider).
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