Big Pumpkin Resource Set

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Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman

Join Witch and her friends as they work together to pull a giant pumpkin from the vine in this fun seasonal treat of a story. Erica Silverman’s repetitive text encourages the natural use of a variety of comprehension strategies including asking questions, making connections, making inferences, making predictions, and retelling, making it the perfect springboard for whole-group and small group instruction.

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  • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
  • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
  • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
  • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for Inflectional Endings (3 sounds of ed)
  • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
  • Running Record Assessment
  • Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment
  • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
  • Answer Keys
  • Complete Common Core Alignment
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CCSS Alignment
TEKS Alignment
  • Asking Questions: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.5 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Making Connections: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.4 RL.1.9 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Making Inferences: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.4 RL.1.7 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Making Predictions: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.3 RL.1.9 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Retelling & Summarizing: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.2 RL.1.3 RL.1.7 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Word Work: RF.1.3 RF.1.4
  • Vocabulary: L.1.4a L.1.5c L.1.6
  • Asking Questions: 1.10E 1.13A 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6B 1.6E 1.6I 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8B 1.8C
  • Making Connections: 1.10E 1.13A 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6E 1.6I 1.7A 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8B 1.8C
  • Making Inferences: 1.10E 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6E 1.6F 1.6I 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8B 1.8C 1.9C
  • Making Predictions: 1.10B 1.10C 1.10E 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6C 1.6E 1.6I 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8B 1.8C 1.9C
  • Retelling & Summarizing: 1.10A 1.10E 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6G 1.6I 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8A 1.8B 1.8C 1.8D 1.9C
  • Word Work: 1.2B(i) 1.2B(v) 1.2C(iii)
  • Vocabulary: 1.3A 1.3B 1.3C 1.3D 1.7F
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    Big Pumpkin Resource Set

    Asking Questions with Big Pumpkin

    The main character in Big Pumpkin is a witch with a big problem to solve. That's why this book is the perfect anchor text for students learning to ask questions while reading. Use mini lesson and set of resources to guide students towards asking questions that will help them to become better readers.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.5 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    1.10E 1.13A 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6B 1.6E 1.6I 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8B 1.8C

    Making Connections with Big Pumpkin

    The witch's relateable problem and the bat's smart solution make Big Pumpkin an ideal choice for beginning readers. When paired with this mini lesson and set of resources students will learn to connect the books they read to their lives, the world, and to other texts.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.4 RL.1.9 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    1.10E 1.13A 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6E 1.6I 1.7A 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8B 1.8C

    Making Inferences with Big Pumpkin

    This set of resources focuses on Erica Silverman's use of expressive language, which makes Big Pumpkin an ideal choice for students working on inferring the meaning of words. Coupled with S.D. Schindler's classic illustrations students will also practice making meaningful inferences based on the pictures in the book.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.4 RL.1.7 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 W.1.5 W.1.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    1.10E 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6E 1.6F 1.6I 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8B 1.8C 1.9C

    Making Predictions with Big Pumpkin

    The repetitive storyline in Big Pumpkin coupled with the unpredictable solution to the witch's problem makes this a smart text to use with students who are both learning and practicing how to make predictions while reading.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.3 RL.1.9 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 W.1.5 W.1.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    1.10B 1.10C 1.10E 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6C 1.6E 1.6I 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8B 1.8C 1.9C

    Retelling and Summarizing with Big Pumpkin

    Big Pumpkin is the perfect Halloween read aloud for a mini lesson focused on retelling and summarizing. When paired with the BookPagez resources, Erica Silverman's repetitive text and limited cast of characters make it easy for students to identify basic story elements and important events.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.2 RL.1.3 RL.1.7 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    1.10A 1.10E 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6G 1.6I 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8A 1.8B 1.8C 1.8D 1.9C

    Big Pumpkin Extension Activity

    The BookPagez extension activities are a great way to push student engagement beyond the pages of the text. Try using this activity with early finishers, with students who show a deeper connection with the text, or as a center activity.

    Big Pumpkin Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Big Pumpkin. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.

    Big Pumpkin Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment

    Use this Common Core aligned comprehension assessment to evaluate students' comprehension of Big Pumpkin.

    Student Resources in Spanish

    This set of Spanish student-facing resources includes comprehension strategy practice pages, reader's notebook prompts (complete with Spanish Common Core "I Can" statements), and extension activities for use with Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.

    Big Pumpkin Word Work - Inflectional Endings (3 sounds of ed)

    Make classroom reading time even more productive by using Big Pumpkin to teach word study. This book is an excellent resource for teaching a phonics lesson about words ending with the inflectional ending -ed. To access these classroom-ready lesson plans, interactive games, and fun worksheets, download this individual Word Work package or look for them in your Super Pack.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RF.1.3 RF.1.4
    TEKS Alignment:

    1.2B(i) 1.2B(v) 1.2C(iii)

    Big Pumpkin Vocabulary Connections

    Your students will enhance their enjoyment and understanding of Big Pumpkin if they’re prepared for the new vocabulary introduced in this text. And this classroom-ready Vocabulary Builder has everything you need. Download the individual Vocabulary Builder or the Super Pack for fun, productive activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.4a L.1.5c L.1.6
    TEKS Alignment:

    1.3A 1.3B 1.3C 1.3D 1.7F

    TEKS Alignment

    Complete TEKS alignment for all of the mini lessons, resources, and activities in the Big Pumpkin Resource Set.

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