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  • 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
  • The Pumpkin Book Super Pack


    The Pumpkin Book is a nonfiction story that explains how a pumpkin seed grows into a full-size pumpkin. Readers will also learn the most common uses for a pumpkin and its significance throughout history and culture. Students will enjoy practicing comprehension strategies like retelling and summarizing, determining importance and visualizing while they learn the science and history of pumpkins.

    Get everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction using The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons

    • 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
    • and More!
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    Comprehension Strategy Resources

    All comprehension strategy packs come complete with a step by step strategy lesson plan, guided page by page think sheet, answer key, text based reader's notebook prompt, and complete common core alignment

    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.
    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
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    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.
    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
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    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.
    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
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    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.
    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
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    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.
    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
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Vocabulary Connections

    Each package includes a list of specific vocabulary words found within the book and a set of resources to help students build their vocabulary, practice using new words, and to become more aware of new vocabulary while working and reading independently.

    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.
    L.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6
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