This is a quick, easy and fun craft that even young children can do. Children trace the pumpkin template on a sheet of newspaper and color it with an orange marker or crayon. Students find and cut out shapes to make a pumpkin face, as well as letters that spell their name. These will be used for the pumpkin's smile. They can also search for all of the letter Pps on their pumpkin and circle them.
For writing practice, younger students trace and write the Pp is for pumpkin worksheet and glue it to the back of their pumpkin. Brainstorm with older students, of why pumpkins might be in the news. They choose a topic and then write about it on the pumpkin template, trim and glue to the back of their newsprint pumpkin.
Punch a hole in the stem and suspend from the ceiling. There's also a pattern for a class-made book entitled: The Case Of The Missing Pumpkins as well as 3 poster options that say: "Pumpkins in the News!" to use on a bulletin board or suspend from the ceiling with the pumpkins.
This packet will be FREE for an entire year. After which time it will be revamped and put in my TpT shop. For your convenience, I've included a PREVIEW of the new Pumpkins in the News emergent reader, writing prompts, class books & craft.