A Pumpkin Patch and Pigs?

Posted by Big Universe on Oct 25, 2011 2:23:01 PM

Pumpkin patch Have you ever read Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch?

"Two little piggies run amok on the farm, as they travel from the pumpkin patch, through the garden, into the black bull’s pen, and back to mama pig in time for a nap. The piggies’ antics introduce young readers to prepositions of direction. Alliteration, assonance, and rhyme in each of the three stanzas make for a great read-aloud."

As I read through this book, I started thinking of the wide variety of literacy activities that could be done using this book:

  • illustrate all the words that start with the same letter
  • find words that have the same beginning sound
  • discover words with the same ending sound
  • make a list of all of the descriptive words (adjectives)
  • create a word cloud of all the action words (verbs)
  • act out the location words (prepositions)
  • develop a T chart of known and unknown words
  • focus on fun, new words to develop vocabulary skills
  • make a recording of all the sound words
  • let one part of the story (character, location, or event) inspire you to create a new story
  • read aloud the story using different voices
In the list of activities above, so you see pieces of balanced literacy ... reading, writing, speaking, listening? Do you see activities to appeal to a variety of learning styles?
How could this list be slightly adjusted and/or altered to go along with other books that can be found on Big Universe Learning?

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Literacy

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