Grade: Elementary
Subject: Language

#391. Pumpkin, Pumpkin

Language, level: Elementary
Posted Wed Jun 3 12:22:16 PDT 1998 by Becky (
Farley Elementary, Paducah, Ky USA
Materials Required: book-Pumpkin, Pumpkin
Concepts Taught: Phonemic Awareness, Making Words

Here's an idea to add to your fall file for the book Pumpkin, Pumpkin.
The greatest thing is that after you use to activity for whole group, it becomes a literacy center.
Laminate orange construction paper
Buy 4x6 adhesive magnetic sheets for photos (2 packs or 3 sheets)
Attatch magnetic sheets to orange paper 1 sheet should do 2 pumpkins
Use a die cutter to cut out 6 pumpkin shapes
On 5 of the pumpkins write __ump
On the last pumpkin write ___ump__ __ __
Get magnetic letters: b, p, p, d, h, l, d, k, i, n

To introduce the lesson:
Read the book Pumpkin, Pumpkin
Show students the magnetic pumpkins and the letters
Tell them that the letters u,m,p say ump and they are going to try to make some ump words
Let students come up one at a time and try to use a letter to make a word
Continue until you have completed all but the last pumpkin. Let students try to guess what word the
left over letters will make and let them experiment to see if they made a real word.
Continue until someone correctly spells pumpkin.
Then I sing the poem from a poster I have from the Education Center
(tune: I'm a little tea pot)
I'm a little pumpkin fat and round
Growing in the cornfield on the ground
I'll be a jack o'lantern with two big eyes
Or maybe I'll be baked into some pies

Then I put the pumpkins and letters on a small magnetic board
like the Wonderboard. Put it in a ziplock bag and add it to my
ABC center.