Pumpkin Heads! Resource Set

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Pumpkin Heads! by Wendell Minor

Pumpkin Heads! celebrates the season with simple text and glowing illustrations. From pumpkins dressed like cowboys to those that greet trick-or-treaters, the pumpkins in this autumn read aloud makes it easy to engage beginning readers in meaningful comprehension strategy work.

Teach with Pumpkin Heads! by Wendell Minor

Get everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction using Pumpkin Heads! by Wendell Minor

  • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
  • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
  • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
  • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for Letter “Pp”
  • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
  • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
  • Answer Keys
  • Complete Common Core Alignment
  • and More!
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Common Core Alignment
  • Making Connections: L.K.6 RF.K.3 RF.K.4 RI.K.1 RI.K.10 RI.K.5 RI.K.7 RI.K.9 SL.K.1b SL.K.2 SL.K.3 SL.K.4 SL.K.5 W.K.8
  • Making Inferences: L.K.6 RF.K.3 RF.K.4 RI.K.1 RI.K.10 RI.K.5 RI.K.7 RI.K.9 SL.K.1b SL.K.2 SL.K.3 SL.K.4 SL.K.5 W.K.8
  • Retelling & Summarizing: L.K.6 RF.K.3 RF.K.4 RI.K.10 RI.K.2 RI.K.3 RI.K.7 SL.K.1b SL.K.2 SL.K.3 SL.K.4 SL.K.5 W.K.8
  • Visualizing: L.K.6 RF.K.3 RF.K.4 RI.K.10 RI.K.6 RI.K.7 SL.K.1 SL.K.2 SL.K.3 SL.K.4 SL.K.5 SL.K.6 W.K.8
  • Word Work: RF.K.3 RF.K.4
  • Vocabulary: L.K.5.a L.K.6
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    Pumpkin Heads! Resource Set

    Making Connections with Pumpkin Heads!

    Use students' prior knowledge about pumpkins and the Halloween season to teach them how to make connections while reading. Focus on using the illustrations to make text to self connections. Then teach readers how to connect this text to other books about pumpkins and Halloween.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.K.6 RF.K.3 RF.K.4 RI.K.1 RI.K.10 RI.K.5 RI.K.7 RI.K.9 SL.K.1b SL.K.2 SL.K.3 SL.K.4 SL.K.5 W.K.8

    Making Inferences with Pumpkin Heads!

    Pumpkins Heads! is an ideal anchor text for teaching beginning readers how to make inferences. Use this lesson plan and resource set to teach students how to use pictures and their prior knowledge to discover even more information about the pumpkins in this book.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.K.6 RF.K.3 RF.K.4 RI.K.1 RI.K.10 RI.K.5 RI.K.7 RI.K.9 SL.K.1b SL.K.2 SL.K.3 SL.K.4 SL.K.5 W.K.8

    Retelling and Summarizing with Pumpkin Heads!

    Wendell Minor's simple text and engaging illustrations provide readers with plenty of opportunities to practice retelling and summarizing. Use this resource set to help students summarize the things a pumpkin can be, what a pumpkin can do, and to retell important information about the setting.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.K.6 RF.K.3 RF.K.4 RI.K.10 RI.K.2 RI.K.3 RI.K.7 SL.K.1b SL.K.2 SL.K.3 SL.K.4 SL.K.5 W.K.8

    Visualizing with Pumpkin Heads!

    Help readers use Wendell Minor's glowing illustrations to understand how authors use visualizing to create images to match the words in a text with this visualizing mini lesson and set of resources.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.K.6 RF.K.3 RF.K.4 RI.K.10 RI.K.6 RI.K.7 SL.K.1 SL.K.2 SL.K.3 SL.K.4 SL.K.5 SL.K.6 W.K.8

    Pumpkin Heads! 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.

    Pumpkin Heads! Word Work - Letter "Pp"

    Pumpkin Heads! is not only an excellent anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies, it also pairs well with a phonics lesson about letter "Pp". Either download the Pumpkin Heads! Super Pack or this individual Word Work package to access lesson plans, interactive games and fun worksheets that directly tie word study to your classroom reading.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RF.K.3 RF.K.4

    Pumpkin Heads! Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Pumpkin Heads!, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download the Pumpkin Heads! Super Pack or this individual Vocabulary Builder for resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.K.5.a L.K.6

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