The Pumpkin Book Resource Set

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The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons

From seed to vine to Halloween jack-o-lanterns, author, Gail Gibbons, covers all things pumpkin in this nonfiction book for beginning readers. Students will enjoy using comprehension strategies to learn how pumpkins grow, why they are an important part of history, and how they carve their own Halloween jack-o-lanterns.

Teach with The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons

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  • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
  • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
  • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
  • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
  • Running Record Assessment
  • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
  • Answer Keys
  • Complete Common Core Alignment
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Common Core Alignment
  • Determining Importance: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.1 RI.2.10 RI.2.2 RI.2.4 RI.2.6 RI.2.8 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Making Connections: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.10 RI.2.3 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Retelling & Summarizing: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.10 RI.2.2 RI.2.4 RI.2.6 RI.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Understanding Text Structure: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.1 RI.2.10 RI.2.5 RI.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Visualizing: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.10 RI.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Vocabulary: L.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6
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    The Pumpkin Book Resource Set

    Determining Importance with The Pumpkin Book

    Connect your students to the season by learning fun facts about pumpkins.  The step-by-step format of this book is perfect for readers learning how to identify which information is the most important.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.1 RI.2.10 RI.2.2 RI.2.4 RI.2.6 RI.2.8 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Making Connections with The Pumpkin Book

    Most students have some experience with pumpkins, which makes The Pumpkin Book a good choice for practicing examples of text-to-self connections. You could also use this book as an anchor text for a nonfiction genre study or a supplement to your science curriculum, which would allow readers to practice text-to-text and text-to-world connections as well.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.10 RI.2.3 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Retelling and Summarizing with The Pumpkin Book

    This book and lesson plan are ideal for supporting readers who need to practice retelling and summarizing key facts from nonfiction texts. The detailed illustrations will guide readers as they identify what happens first, next, then last in the growth cycle of a pumpkin.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.10 RI.2.2 RI.2.4 RI.2.6 RI.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Understanding Text Structure with The Pumpkin Book

    This book provides readers with an opportunity to gather information from a variety of nonfiction text features, including illustrations, captions and diagrams. As a result, developing readers will begin to see how these types of nonfiction text structures can be used to enhance comprehension.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.1 RI.2.10 RI.2.5 RI.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Visualizing with The Pumpkin Book

    In The Pumpkin Book, the author uses highly descriptive words to explain the process of what happens to a pumpkin seed as it begins to grow and turn into a pumpkin. This is a great opportunity for students to practice identifying descriptive words that help them construct mental images.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.10 RI.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    The Pumpkin Book 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.

    The Pumpkin Book Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of The Pumpkin Book. 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.

    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 The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.

    The Pumpkin Book Vocabulary Connections

    Your students will enhance their enjoyment and understanding of The Pumpkin Book if they’re prepared for 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.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6

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