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1-2-3 Come Do Another Scarecrow Writing Prompt Craft With Me

I love doing some scarecrow activities in the fall. Displays of my students’ work can go up in September & stay up through November, which is a huge time saver.

scarecrow crafts, craft ideas for fall, fall bulletin boards, scarecrow activities, writing prompts for fallWith that in mind I designed this quick, easy & super-fun “Scarecrows Have / Are…” writing prompt craftivity.

This is what I call a “bite size” bit of writing. The topic is specific enough so that students aren’t overwhelmed, while providing nice practice using descriptive adjectives.

Whenever I toss a bit of craftiness in with our writing, my students get extremely excited and WANT to get down to the business of writing and making their own scarecrow.

scarecrow crafts, craft ideas for fall, fall bulletin boards, scarecrow activities, writing prompts for fallThere are 4 scarecrows to choose from, as well as two writing prompts.

Students can choose the “Scarecrows ARE” writing prompt worksheet, or the "Scarecrows HAVE” one.

For more writing practice, have students do both.

One can be done in class, and the other as homework, or take two days to complete the project.

scarecrow crafts, craft ideas for fall, fall bulletin boards, scarecrow activities, writing prompts for fallIf you do both writing prompts, have students glue one to the back of their scarecrow. 

scarecrow crafts, craft ideas for fall, fall bulletin boards, scarecrow activities, writing prompts for fallPunch a hole in the top, tie on a yarn loop and suspend from the ceiling. 

The assembly is easy-peasy.

Students choose a scarecrow, then color and cut out the top & bottom halves. 

scarecrow crafts, craft ideas for fall, fall bulletin boards, scarecrow activities, writing prompts for fallAfter editing their final draft, they write it on the worksheet, which is the rectangular mid-section of their scarecrow's body.

Cutting around the "hair" and "fingers" of the scarecrows can be a bit tricky, so I've also included patterns with an "easy trim" edging. 

scarecrow crafts, craft ideas for fall, fall bulletin boards, scarecrow activities, writing prompts for fallStudents simply cut on the dashed line. 

For more creativity, the scarecrow head patterns also come with and without a face.

To help get your students creative juices flowing, I’ve also included 28 photographs of “real” scarecrows.

photographs of real scarecrowsThere are 7 photo-posters, with 4 pictures on each page.

You can laminate them, then pass them around to give your students some ideas of what to write. 

You could also cut each photograph out, and have students choose one to describe. 

If you decide to make an autumn bulletin board with your students completed scarecrows, add these photographs for some extra pizzazz & interest.

Venn diagram activitiesFor more writing practice, extend the lesson by doing the Venn diagram activity that’s also included in the packet.

Venn diagrams are an interesting & simple way to practice comparison and contrast writing.

This activity can be done as a whole group, or children can choose a partner with a different scarecrow than theirs, then create a Venn diagram together.

These make a nice addition to your display.

scarecrow activities, scarecrow crafts, Venn diagram activities, fall crafts, fall bulletin boards, fall writing prompt ideasI've also included two, Scarecrow "Are-Have" posters as well.

how to make a pumpkin pie writing prompt craftToday's featured FREEBIE is another fun, fall writing prompt.

This one is "How to Make a Pumpkin Pie"

How to do something, is a writing standard for many schools.

These completed projects also make a "sweet" display.

That's it.  Thanks for stopping by. 

scarecrow activities, scarecrow crafts, fall bulletin board ideas, writing prompts for fallThe wicked wind has snatched the rest of our autumn leaves from the oak and maple tree branches, so there's  quite a thick "blanket" of autumn colors festooning our lawn. 

Guess what's on our "To Do" list for this afternoon? 

Wishing you a wonderful week.

"Children must be taught how to think, not what to think." -Margaret Mead

 

1-2-3 Come Do Some Scarecrow Crafts With Me

scarecrow acticities, scarecrow crafts, October writing prompts, November writing prompts, fall bulletin board ideas, October bulletin board ideas, November bulletin board ideasI love doing a variety of scarecrow-themed activities in the fall, so I created this cute “Peekin’ Scarecrow” writing prompt craft.

Whenever I toss a bit of creative craftiness in with our writing, my students get all excited to get down to business.

scarecrow acticities, scarecrow crafts, October writing prompts, November writing prompts, fall bulletin board ideas, October bulletin board ideas, November bulletin board ideasSince completed projects turn out pretty amazing, I also have an easy-peasy bulletin board or hallway display as well; which not only builds self-esteem, but gets us a lot of compliments too.

I find that if one provides students with a variety of interesting, fun and thought-provoking writing prompts, you will have hit a motivating “hot button”.

With that in mind, I spent quite a bit of time thinking up 42 engaging prompts, all with a scarecrow in mind.

For simple & quick printing, the writing prompt pattern provides 6 prompts on a one-page template.

TIP: Whenever I need to pre-cut things for my kiddos as a time saver, I stack at least 3 pages then staple around the edges. 

scarecrow acticities, scarecrow crafts, October writing prompts, November writing prompts, fall bulletin board ideas, October bulletin board ideas, November bulletin board ideasThe staples keep the papers in place and with just a few snips across, I've cut out all 7 pages at one time.

After cutting, toss the "prompt cards" into a basket.

scarecrow acticities, scarecrow crafts, October writing prompts, November writing prompts, fall bulletin board ideas, October bulletin board ideas, November bulletin board ideasStudents pick 3, choose their favorite, then toss the other 2 back in the basket.

This prompt is then glued to their completed project.

scarecrow acticities, scarecrow crafts, October writing prompts, November writing prompts, fall bulletin board ideas, October bulletin board ideas, November bulletin board ideasFor extra pizzazz, have students add some color to the "quilt patch" border at the top.

There are 5 different, writing prompt worksheets for students to compose their final draft on.

scarecrow acticities, scarecrow crafts, October writing prompts, November writing prompts, fall bulletin board ideas, October bulletin board ideas, November bulletin board ideasThese can be glued horizontally or vertically to their “Peekiin’ Scarecrow”. 

scarecrow acticities, scarecrow crafts, October writing prompts, November writing prompts, fall bulletin board ideas, October bulletin board ideas, November bulletin board ideasTake this teachable moment to build vocabulary by defining, then showing children a horizontal as well as a vertical sample. 

So that I have a pretty even amount, and a nice variety for my display. I assign half my students to glue their writing horizontally and the other half vertically.

For any of our writing assigments, I have students make a first & final draft.

To help them, I've included a writing rubric, which students can use as a checklist, before they complete their final draft. 

scarecrow acticities, scarecrow crafts, October writing prompts, November writing prompts, fall bulletin board ideas, October bulletin board ideas, November bulletin board ideasFor some extra 3D pop, you can add a pair of wiggle eyes attached with glue dots.

Look closely & you will see that I've added some deeper shading with crayons, as well as some "stitch marks" to the nose, heart cheek & along the edges of the face & hat. 

Another way to add some extra pizzazz, is by putting a few sheets of yellow construction paper into a shredder.

scarecrow acticities, scarecrow crafts, October writing prompts, November writing prompts, fall bulletin board ideas, October bulletin board ideas, November bulletin board ideasFeed in one at a time (2 sheets did enough for my class of 20).

My kiddos absolutely LOVED adding "hay hair", which is a great fine motor skill that will  help strengthen finger muscles, and increase dexterity.

scarecrow acticities, scarecrow crafts, October writing prompts, November writing prompts, fall bulletin board ideas, October bulletin board ideas, November bulletin board ideasI've also included a hatband and a sunflower as "add on" patterns for the scarecrow's hat.

Fold the petals up for some added dimension.

As you can see by my samples, completed projects turn out so cute!

scarecrow acticities, scarecrow crafts, October writing prompts, November writing prompts, fall bulletin board ideas, October bulletin board ideas, November bulletin board ideasYour bulletin board or hallway display is sure to get a ton of compliments, while building self-esteem.

I've also included 2 posters to enhance your display.

 So that teachers can quickly & easily make an example to share, I've also made templates for 3, of my completed writing prompts.

Sharing an example, not only helps easily explain what you want your students to do, but also gets them excited to make one of their own.

As with all of my packets, there are clear directions, with helpful tips & photographs.

free scarecrow alphabet cardsToday's featured FREEBIE is a set of upper and lowercase, scarecrow-themed alphabet cards.

Use them for a variety of games.

scarecrow activities, scarecrow craftsWell that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. 

It's started snowing quite heavily this moring here in Michigan.

Since it's only the frist week of November, I am so not ready for the craziness that winter weather creates. 

That said, it is quite lovely, and the quiet of the woods, frosted in sparkling white is quite peaceful.

"In teaching others, we teach ourselves." -Proverb

1-2-3 Do Some Skelton Crafts With Me

 halloween activities, Halloween games, Halloween crafts, skeleton crafts, X-ray handprint craft, halloween cardsIf you’re looking for a quick, easy & fun little craft for the week of Halloween or party day, I think your students will really enjoy making this “Some-bony Loves You!” keepsake card.

Using straws to make a skeleton & Q-tips to make an X-ray of a handprint are not my original ideas, there are a zillion versions on the Internet.

However, no one’s made a pattern, or given step-by-step directions of how to make one.

I don’t know about your students, but if I gave my Y5s a pile of straws, and a bottle of glue, then told them to make a skeleton, they wouldn’t know where to start.

So I diddled around and came up with this simple keepsake card.

halloween activities, Halloween games, Halloween crafts, skeleton crafts, X-ray handprint craft, halloween cardsI love thinking up play-on-words, and thought “some-bony” substituted for “somebody” fit the bill. The rest of the greeting wishes the receiver a “High Five Happy Halloween”, which nicely ties in the “X-ray” handprint craft.

halloween activities, Halloween games, Halloween crafts, skeleton crafts, X-ray handprint craft, halloween cardsThe beauty of these crafts is that you don’t have to make both of the activities.

I’ve designed the patterns so that you can do either the skeleton made out of straws OR the X-ray handprint made with Q-tips, OR you can combine both crafts to make a keepsake, Halloween card like we did.

If you decide to make just the X-ray craftivity, you'll use the "Wishing you a High Five, Happy Halloween" label.

The "straw" skeleton can still be glued to a file folder as a card that opens up to say "I do!"

I used a file folder because it provided a great “work mat”, as well as an “instant” card (no folding required) and the card stock sturdiness kept it from warping.

halloween activities, Halloween games, Halloween crafts, skeleton crafts, X-ray handprint craft, halloween cardsPlus when completed, they are freestanding, which is nice for displaying.

halloween activities, Halloween games, Halloween crafts, skeleton crafts, X-ray handprint craft, halloween cardshalloween activities, Halloween games, Halloween crafts, skeleton crafts, X-ray handprint craft, halloween cardsWhenever I can, I “test” out a craftivity with my grandchildren.

It gives me a heads up of possible “oops” as well as a time frame.

We made our cards in about 20 minutes.

They really enjoyed the activity and my daughter absolutely loved her keepsake cards.

q-tip xoray hand craft, skeleton made out of straws craft, halloween crafts, halloween party day activitiesI’ve also included a few “bonus” skeleton-themed activities/games your students can transition to, plus some fun links. 

trick or treat safetyToday's featured FREEBIE is a "Trick or Treat" safety tip list that students can color, then send home to review with their family.

I hope you find it useful.

halloween crafts, halloween party ideas, halloween cards, skeleton craftsWell that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. I can't believe that Thursday is Halloween!

I still have way too many things left on my "To Do" list!

Wishing you a stress-free day, and may you have an abundance of energy on Halloween!

"There is something haunting in the light of the moon." -Joseph Conrad

1-2-3 Come Make A Haunted House Craftivity With Me

haunted house writing prompt crafts, haunted house crafts, haunted house activities, Halloween activities, October bulletin board ideas, October writing prompts, Flick off the lights to set the mood, then all you have to do is quietly & slowly say the words, “Haunted House” , and you will have everyone's attention.

No matter what grade I taught, I loved going for that “Gotcha!” moment, to get people excited about writing.

I truly believe that students will be enthusiastic about “getting down to the business of writing”, if you simply give them something interesting and fun to write about.

It’s that simple. Find their “hot button”.  If your students are like mine, then a haunted house, is that catalyst in motivating them to WANT to write. Woo Hoo!

With that in mind, I set to work to design two crafty packets involving a haunted house.

haunted house craft, halloween crafts, october bulletin board ideas, halloween bulletin board ideas, october writing prompts, halloween writing prompts, haunted house activitiesFirst up, 6 writing prompt craftivities for the “Haunted House” packet.

They are all different enough, so that you can easily do several; one in class, one as a fun homework assignment, one for extra credit, a sub tub, or for early finishers etc.

You could also give students a choice.

You may be surprised that they want to do them all.

haunted house craft, haunted house writing prompts, haunted house activities, october writing prompts, october bulletin board ideas, halloween bulletin board ideas, halloween activities, ideas for Halloween party day, One of my personal favorites is "Haunted Houses ARE..." and "Haunted Houses HAVE"

Student can choose which they want to write about, or you can make this a two-part assignment.

Kiddos can write the ARE portion on one day, and finish up the HAVE prompt the next day. 

You could also do one in class, and do the other as homework.

Completed projects turn out "terror-rific"!

haunted house craft, haunted house writing prompts, haunted house activities, october writing prompts, october bulletin board ideas, halloween bulletin board ideas, halloween activities, ideas for Halloween party day, This project can be displayed flat on a bulletin board, or suspended back-to-back from the ceiling.

haunted house craft, haunted house writing prompts, haunted house activities, october writing prompts, october bulletin board ideas, halloween bulletin board ideas, halloween activities, ideas for Halloween party day, I've included several posters to enhance your display.

I think it's very important to not overwhelm beginning writers.

For example, asking students to write a "spooky story" can be a bit daunting for even a seasoned writer.

To experience this, put yourself in the assignment. Would you want to write an entire story, or would you be more excited to develop a list of things that a haunted house has? 

Because it's a smaller chunk of writing, and children can draw from experience, they know the "answers" and feel empowered; so they can get right down to writing; and often very excited to do so! 

With that in mind, all of the activities in both packets are "bite size". 

haunted house craft, haunted house writing prompts, haunted house activities, october writing prompts, october bulletin board ideas, halloween bulletin board ideas, halloween activities, ideas for Halloween party day, Because it's simple yet thought provoking, I think your students will also enjoy "If a haunted house could talk, what might it say?"

haunted house craft, haunted house writing prompts, haunted house activities, october writing prompts, october bulletin board ideas, halloween bulletin board ideas, halloween activities, ideas for Halloween party day, This is a super-fun way to have students really use their imaginations & "think outside the box". Becoming a haunted house, is an interesting way to practice point of view too. 

There are 5 diffferent "speech bubbles" to add variety to your display, as well as several posters you can use to introduce the lesson, then sprinkle on your bulletin board.

haunted house craft, haunted house writing prompts, haunted house activities, october writing prompts, october bulletin board ideas, halloween bulletin board ideas, halloween activities, ideas for Halloween party day, "If I bought a haunted house..." as well as "If I lived in a haunted house..." are also thought provoking.

haunted house craft, haunted house writing prompts, haunted house activities, october writing prompts, october bulletin board ideas, halloween bulletin board ideas, halloween activities, ideas for Halloween party day, As always, patterns come in black & white as well as color, so that teachers can quickly & easily make an example to share.

Besides the different posters to help you introduce the lesson, as well as several more to enhance your various displays, I've also included spiderwebbed letters that spell LOOK!

haunted house craft, haunted house writing prompts, haunted house activities, october writing prompts, october bulletin board ideas, halloween bulletin board ideas, halloween activities, ideas for Halloween party day, If you're a fan of The Dollar Store, you'll be happy to know that they now carry huge wiggle eyes!

They are 4 1/2 inches & come in 3 styles. (Oh the possibilities...)

I substituted them for the O letters in LOOK.

haunted house craft, halloween graphing extensions, writing rubrics,haunted house writing prompts, haunted house activities, october writing prompts, october bulletin board ideas, halloween graphing extensions, halloween bulletin board ideas, halloween activities, ideas for Halloween party day, To expand the lesson, and practice yet another standard, I’ve also included a whole-group graphing extension in both packets.

haunted house craft, halloween graphing extensions, writing rubrics,haunted house writing prompts, haunted house activities, october writing prompts, october bulletin board ideas, halloween graphing extensions, halloween bulletin board ideas, halloween activities, ideas for Halloween party day, Next up is the "Trick or Treating at a Haunted House" packet.

To get more bang for my “time” buck, I like to cover a variety of standards with one activity.

“Trick or Treating at a Haunted House”is not only a super-fun writing prompt craftivity, but it also reinforces the 5 senses, and the importance of using them to enhance writing.

The scenario:

Students are trick or treating and they visit a haunted house.

What do they see, hear, feel, taste & smell?

haunted house craft, halloween graphing extensions, writing rubrics,haunted house writing prompts, haunted house activities, october writing prompts, october bulletin board ideas, halloween graphing extensions, halloween bulletin board ideas, halloween activities, ideas for Halloween party day, After writing their rough draft, then editing, they fill out a rubric checklist, then write their final draft on the writing prompt worksheet. (I've included RUBRICS in both packets.)

There are 4 different haunted houses for students to choose from, with a TOP & BOTTOM pattern for each. as the 5 senses writing prompt is glued to the center.

Trick or treating activities, haunted house craft, halloween graphing extensions, writing rubrics,haunted house writing prompts, haunted house activities, october writing prompts, october bulletin board ideas, halloween graphing extensions, halloween bulletin board ideas, halloween activities, ideas for Halloween party day, These too, make an awesome bulletin board, so I've also included posters in this packet as well.

haunted house craft, halloween graphing extensions, writing rubrics,haunted house writing prompts, haunted house activities, october writing prompts, october bulletin board ideas, halloween graphing extensions, halloween bulletin board ideas, 5 senses activities, halloween activities, ideas for Halloween party day, There's also a “5 Senses” poster, plus one that defines “Adjectives”.

Use them to introduce your lesson, then add them to your display.

Toss some “cobwebs” in each corner, and you have a “WOW!” bulletin board, sure to get lots of compliments.

haunted house craft, halloween graphing extensions, writing rubrics,haunted house writing prompts, haunted house activities, october writing prompts, october bulletin board ideas, halloween graphing extensions, halloween bulletin board ideas, 5 senses activities, halloween activities, ideas for Halloween party day, I’ve included pictures of my completed
samples, as well as BW copies of the text, so that you can quickly make examples to share with your students.

haunted house craft, halloween graphing extensions, writing rubrics,haunted house writing prompts, haunted house activities, october writing prompts, october bulletin board ideas, halloween graphing extensions, halloween bulletin board ideas, 5 senses activities, halloween activities, ideas for Halloween party day, Examples not only help easily explain what you want them to do, but are a catalyst to creating excitement, so students will be eager to make a haunted house of their own. 

As you can see by my samples, "answers" can be a simple sentence for younger students, as well as a more in-depth use of descriptive word choice for older students.

I've also included a "side-by-side" photo of a sample that's very simple, then another that was worked on.

haunted house craft, halloween graphing extensions, writing rubrics,haunted house writing prompts, haunted house activities, october writing prompts, october bulletin board ideas, halloween graphing extensions, halloween bulletin board ideas, 5 senses activities, halloween activities, ideas for Halloween party day, Use this as a whole group discussion of how to "expand" your description and details to make your writing "come alive" for the reader.

I always try to make time for students to share their work with their classmates, so we popcorn around the room and everyone shares one of their "5 senses sentences" before displaying them in the hallway. 

fire safety craft, fire safety activities, fire safety writing promptsSince October is Fire Safety Month, and a lot of people burn leaves & have bonfires in the fall, today's featured FREEBIE is a "Hands Off!" fire safety craft, which is also a fun writing prompt. 

A child's handprints become the "fire" at the top.

I've included a "We promise" pledge poster for children to sign, which helps make students accountable for not playing with fire.

Well that's it for today. Thanks for dropping in. 

fire safety activities, fire safety craftsAutumn is in it's full splendor here in Michigan, so even though it's rather chilly today, I want to grab some fresh air.

Wishing you a fun-filled day.

“I don't know that there are real ghosts and goblins, but there are always more trick-or-treaters than neighborhood kids!" -Robert Brault

1-2-3 Come Do Some Spine Tingling Writing With Me!

halloween activities, halloween bulletin board ideas, scary writing activities, halloween writing prompts, spooky writing, halloween crafts, homophone activities, onomatopoeia activities, metaphor activities, writing centers for October, similie activities, I love playing around with words, particularly if it will get my students excited, or help teach a concept.

“Shudders Behind the Shutters!” does both.

Ahalloween activities, halloween bulletin board ideas, scary writing activities, halloween writing prompts, spooky writing, halloween crafts, homophone activities, onomatopoeia activities, metaphor activities, writing centers for October, similie activities, nytime I toss a bit of craftiness into a writing prompt, my students are all over it, and can’t wait to begin.

Thus, I designed this writing prompt craftivity with a window.

There are two writing prompt “window” options.

Students can make a list of 13 things that make them shudder OR

halloween activities, halloween bulletin board ideas, scary writing activities, halloween writing prompts, spooky writing, halloween crafts, homophone activities, onomatopoeia activities, metaphor activities, writing centers for October, similie activities, they can write a brief, spine tingling excerpt.

I've discovered that narrowing down what students have to write about, rather than saying, "write a spooky story", is a lot less overwhelming for them. 

This bite-size piece, is not only less daunting, but will have your students actually become excited about creating their list or a brief excerpt!

I’ve included samples of both, so that teachers can quickly & easily make an example to share.

Making an example, not only helps you explain what you want your students to do, it acts as a catalyst for getting them enthusiastic about getting down to the business of writing.

The writing prompt “window” becomes the base, for this 3-part craftivity.

halloween activities, halloween bulletin board ideas, scary writing activities, halloween writing prompts, spooky writing, halloween crafts, homophone activities, onomatopoeia activities, metaphor activities, writing centers for October, similie activities, Students illustrate their writing by drawing, then coloring something in the 4-paned window pattern. I drew a ghost in mine.

Shutters flip open to reveal this picture window, which then opens to reveal my list of 13 things that make me shudder.  You can use any number, but I chose superstitious 13. 

Did you know that the “fear of the number 13” is called triskaidekaphobia! (triss-kye-dek-uh-FOH-bee-uh).
You may want to share this bit of interesting trivia with your students.

halloween activities, halloween bulletin board ideas, scary writing activities, halloween writing prompts, spooky writing, halloween crafts, homophone activities, onomatopoeia activities, metaphor activities, writing centers for October, similie activities, I've also included another sample with a "shuddering excerpt". 

For some extra 3D pizzazz, I added some wiggle eyes, attaching them with glue dots. 

halloween activities, halloween bulletin board ideas, scary writing activities, halloween writing prompts, spooky writing, halloween crafts, homophone activities, onomatopoeia activities, metaphor activities, writing centers for October, similie activities, Assembling the 3-parts of the craft, is done with a glue stick.

shudder shutter definition posters homophones, halloween activities, halloween bulletin board ideas, scary writing activities, halloween writing prompts, spooky writing, halloween crafts, homophone activities, onomatopoeia activities, metaphor activities, writing centers for October, similie activities, I’ve also included a “shudder-shutter” definition poster, as well as one that explains homophones.

You can use these to introduce the lesson.

Encourage students to use their senses, as well as plenty of description, to evoke a shudder or two.

halloween activities, halloween bulletin board ideas, scary writing activities, halloween writing prompts, spooky writing, halloween crafts, homophone activities, onomatopoeia activities, metaphor activities, writing centers for October, similie activities, Students can use the (2-on-a-page) writing RUBRIC as a checklist.

halloween activities, halloween bulletin board ideas, scary writing activities, halloween writing prompts, spooky writing, halloween crafts, homophone activities, onomatopoeia activities, metaphor activities, writing centers for October, similie activities, I’ve included “definition-example” posters, to easily explain adjectives, simile, metaphor, onomatopoeia and alliteration, which will definitely enhance their writing.

These are not difficult concepts to understand.

Actually, I’ve found that even younger students grasp them quite well, and are excited to share examples they’ve come across.

halloween activities, halloween bulletin board ideas, scary writing activities, halloween writing prompts, spooky writing, halloween crafts, homophone activities, onomatopoeia activities, metaphor activities, writing centers for October, similie activities, Completed projects make an amazing bulletin board or hallway display; you are sure to get a lot of compliments!

halloween activities, halloween bulletin board ideas, scary writing activities, halloween writing prompts, spooky writing, halloween crafts, homophone activities, onomatopoeia activities, metaphor activities, writing centers for October, similie activities, I’ve included several posters, as well as some rather spooky-looking letters, which spell "SHUDDERS [behind the] SHUTTERS" to add some extra pizzazz to your display.

Today's featured FREEBIE is an apple-pumpkin Venn diagram.

apples and pumpkin venn diagram, apple pumpkin worksheetTo help reinforce the information my students have learned about apples and pumpkins, I have them do a Venn diagram.

Venn diagrams are a quick, easy and fun way to introduce comparison & contrast writing to your students.

Instead of using the usual circles, I drew an apple for one half, while the other side is a pumpkin. An oval "slice" down the center, provides a place for "similarities".

You can do this as an individual worksheet or whole-group activity, that provides an excellent review and culminating activity for your apple-pumpkin studies.

Completed worksheets make an excellent bulletin board or hallway display.

apple activities, venn diagrams, pumpkin activities, october writing prompts, october bulletin board ideasWell that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. 

It's nothing spooky over here that has me shuddering, just a bone-chilling wind that's rattling my window panes.

It's a small price to pay though, for the absolutely gorgeous fall colors that come with cooler weather. 

Wishing you a simply splendid day!

"Life is a succession of lessons, which must be lived to be understoond." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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