We love to share stories and poems with our students and often will ask our students to recommend good literature they've come across to each other. In the upcoming Halloween countdown, you can do the same thing with a seasonal theme. Ask students to rate a collection of Halloween books and poems with pumpkins!
First, here's a review of a poem you can incorporate into this idea. You may know the rhyme, "Five little pumpkins sitting on a fence."
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate,
The first one said, "Oh my, it's getting late."
The second one said, "But we don't care."
The third one said, "I see witches in the air."
The fourth one said, "Let's run, and run, and run."
The fifth one said, "Get ready for some fun."
Then whoosh went the wind, and out went the lights,
And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!
Now, tell your students that these little pumpkins come back for great Halloween stories and poems and the more pumpkins that roll back to the gate, the better the story or poem.
Then read something to your students and ask them to rate the text by telling how many pumpkins they give it. You can also give them a small drawing of a fence and have them draw in their pumpkin rating on the gate or create a full review by posting their pumpkins and accompanying their rating with an explanation of what they gave.
Want some good literature at your fingertips? I'm sure you have some resources in your classroom, but there are some great ones here at Big Universe, too!
Halloween (read aloud with scary pictures and sound effects)
Jim, the Grim Reaper (read aloud poems)
The Secret of Grim Hill, Book 1 (chapter book)
Grim Hill, Book 2: The Secret Deepens (chapter book)
Happy reading for Halloween!