It’s time for some Pumpkin inspired reading! We did these activities after reading “The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin“. We’ve divided the activities into the three main levels we used with our kids: High, Mid, and Low.
High: Sight words & Vocabulary. This activity was geared toward our students who knew their letters and were working on sight words and sounding out big words. We printed some flashcards with vocabulary words from the text and practiced reading and sounding them out. You can download our flashcards by clicking here. Here are some more Halloween vocabulary flashcards in case you have a voracious reader.
Mid: First Sound Fluency. We used the word flashcards from above, as well as these picture cards to practice first sound fluency. For example, we would hold up two pictures, the pumpkin and the fence, and ask “Which one starts with fff?”. OR if the student knew their letter sounds we would hold up the two words and ask the same question.
Low: Matching picture to word. We used these word flashcards and these picture cards to practice matching text to picture. We would place 2-3 pictures in front of the student, hold up a word and say, for example, “This word is “Fence”, find the picture of the fence”. Or we would just use the pictures, hold up two of them and say, for example, “point to the pumpkin”. We also used these letter cards to practice letter sound fluency.
As you do these activities, be sure to remind the student of the text: Spookley the Square Pumpkin. Talk about the words and how they are used in the book. Make the activity meaningful.
We highly recommend you print, cut, and laminate each of the cards. We use this laminator all the time to make it quick and convenient to laminate at home or in the classroom. A few minutes of work will give you years of re-usable resources!
Tawni is a former special education teacher, now stay-at-home momma. She spends her days reading, cooking with lots of cheese, listening to professional choral music, and tickling her baby boy, Cy. She lives with her husband and son in Utah.