for Pumpkin Day
students will recognize the letter sound p, group words
into categories, and explore the literary device
- White board/chalkboard
- Squares of drawing paper,
cut 6" by 6"
- Crayons or colored pencils
- A story about a pumpkin, a
suggestion for the reading is "The Pumpkin
Blanket" by Deborah Turney Zagwyn.
- Introduce the word pumpkin
by reading the story of your choosing about a pumpkin.
- Brainstorm by asking the
students to list food words that start with the letter
P. (For example, pumpkin, pear, pizza, plum,
etc.) Record their responses on the white board
- Ask the students to list
people's names that start with P. (Peter, Penny,
- Ask them to list animals
that start with the letter P. (Porcupine, platypus,
- Have the students choose
one thing from each list.
- They will be asked to
combine the three things to make a named character that
likes a particular food. For example,
"Peter the penguin likes to eat pizza".
- They will illustrate their creature.
- Combine all the squares to
make your own class " Pumpkin Blanket". This
activity can still be done without reading the
suggested story. Choose any story you like about a
- Story Starter. "I
looked into a pumpkin and saw…"
- Have each child bring in a
recipe using pumpkin. Combine all the recipes to make
a pumpkin recipe book they can take home. You can make
pumpkin bread to share with the class during this
- Read the tongue twister
Peter, Peter Pumpkin eater. Have the students
rewrite the first line only of the twister.
Instead of Peter have them insert their own name. They
should change the food they eat to match the beginning
sound of their own name . Example: Samuel, Samuel
Sandwich eater. They could include an illustration
with the line.
- Have the students
write the directions for carving a particular pumpkin