Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Halloween is Just Two Weeks Away and the Pumpkin is Stuck on the Vine: Speech and Language Activities for Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman

My favorite book for Halloween is Big Pumpkin written by Erica Silverman and illustrated by S. D. Schindler. I read this book many times at the request of my own children in the 1990s and am pleased that it is still readily available. 

My students loved the retelling the story with props. Visit The Home Teacher and scroll to the bottom to see her cute story props. Her nomenclature cards can also be used for storytelling. 

At Make Learning Fun, find a story stick, felt board pictures, a word wall, sequencing cards, and more. 

Find this at Chapel Hill Snippets
There are a lot of speech and language opportunities in the FREE Big Pumpkin Reports for students preschool to grades 3 at Teaching Heart.net

Find printable story props, made with Boardmaker, at Chapel Hill Snippets

Freda, at Frogs in First, wrote that this book works well when talking about story elements. Characters are clearly defined and there are only two settings and a well designed problem and solution. Check out her graphic organizers created for Big Pumpkin

If you are working in a classroom and have more time, go to Learn NC's Whole language reading: Pumpkin pie baking activitycomplete with a writing activity, comprehension questions, and a pumpkin pie recipe.

The Big Pumpkin Parent Letter found at Speaking of Speech includes activities for parents to do at home in all areas of speech and language. Many of these activities would work in therapy as well. 

There are six FREE activities, made for Big Pumpkin, at Teachers pay Teachers.  

Kat Anderson reads Big Pumpkin on Vimeo. This could be part of a great take-home activity.

Enjoy!!

Diana

© 2013

1 comment:

  1. Totally love this story too! We did it as a Reader's Theater in one of our self-contained classes for years. The students loved it! Thanks for all these resources. I'll be pulling it back out again this year!

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