Read about the writing activities we used following our story time based on “Spookley the Square Pumpkin”. The activities are divided up into three categories: High, Mid, and Low. And we’ve included some free downloads to make your life a little easier!
High: Read & Write. We did this activity with our kids who can write basic words and sentences and have beginning drawing skills. We used this worksheet and asked the students to write down what the book was about and then draw a picture of what they wrote. You might also find these vocabulary flashcards helpful in reminding students of some words from the book.
Mid: Draw. We think it is VERY important to teach kids the basics of drawing, so with the middle group, we drew three simple pictures, 1 picture of a pumpkin, and 2 pictures that had nothing to do with the text (I drew a spider and a pig) NOTE: You want to pictures to be simple enough that the students can use them as a model for their own drawing. Don’t get fancy. We placed all three pictures in front of the students and asked them to draw the picture that tells us about the book. They used the same worksheet as the high group. After they finished their drawing, we had them dictate (say out loud) words that describe the picture, then they would copy or trace those words with help from the teacher on the lines below their drawing.
Low: Select & Draw with Support. The low group used the same hand drawn pictures as the Mid group. We would hold up two pictures (the pumpkin & the spider or pig) and ask “which picture tells us about the book?”. The student would then identify the correct answer by labeling, pointing, looking, gesturing, etc. (depending on their physical ability). After selecting the correct answer 3 or more times, we would help the student draw and color the picture. Remember that even those who have multiple physical disabilities have the capability to make choices and be involved in the learning process. Allow them to do as MUCH as possible on their own. We always provide choices of picture & writing utensil, and we like to have the student identify where on the page they would like to begin.
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.