Recently at School Literacy and Culture we asked our Literacy Leadership Team to share with us some of their favorite quality children’s literature for the fall and winter seasons. We are committed to sharing them with you so you can bring the joy of these great stories into your classroom this semester.
One of our all-time favorites is “Five Little Pumpkins.” This story can be shared with toddlers through first graders – each age group appreciates and uses the text in a different way. This classic rhyme shares the story of five little pumpkins sitting on a gate sharing their feelings and ends with a surprising gust of wind! Children and teachers alike love the rhyming verses, the exciting illustrations and the beginning number concepts the story reinforces.
After reading the story several times, try dramatizing the story with your students. They will love performing the roles of each of the pumpkins as well as the wind in front of their friends. Turn the tale into a story basket for students to access during centers or work stations and they can practice the rhyme and rhythm of the story all day. You might also try writing out the tale on chart paper to use as a shared reading with your class. Older students will enjoy replacing words and rhymes in the story to make up their own or creating their own ending to the story. Lastly, print out a copy of “Five Little Pumpkins” on plain white paper and let students take home the story to illustrate and practice again and again with their families at home.
We hope you love “Five Little Pumpkins” as much as we do. Happy fall!
Authored by Jordan Khadam-Hir, Rice University School Literacy and Culture