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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Primary Punchbowl: Fall Blog Hop!

The leaves are falling, the air is crisp, and your students have finally settled into a routine (maybe).   Autumn is full of possibilities for lesson plans!  I'm so glad you stopped by today because I'm going to make your planning a little bit easier. :)

Today is the launch of The Primary Punchbowl, a lovely collaborative blog that I am so excited to be a part of!  This website will not only hold tips and tricks for teachers, but also be a social outlet for other parts of our busy lives.  And we mean BUSY!  We are celebrating with a Fall Blog Hop, a trail of blog posts to follow while gaining FREEBIES, IDEAS, and a chance to WIN a TPT gift card at every single blog!  That's right, EVERY. SINGLE. BLOG.  Ahhhhmazing!  Is it Christmas already?  Because you better be ready for all the goodies! ;)

Now let's get started with a fun fall activity.  Last week we studied pumpkins in my classroom and honestly, I could probably do pumpkins for a whole stinkin' month!  There are endless possibilities.  First we gathered what we know about pumpkins on Our Pumpkin Schema chart.

We used From Seed To Pumpkin and Spookley the Square Pumpkin to compare and contrast texts.  On my anchor chart, I wrote the similarities in one color and differences in another color.  It turned out pretty good!

And to finish off the week, we dug into some pumpkins and got a little gooey!  We counted the seeds by using big butcher paper.  I drew a tens frame on each one so we could by tens, then add the tens to each separate square.  We ended up with....445 seeds!

Next up is my Fall FREEBIE!!  If there is one way to brighten your day, it's a freebie! ;)  

This is a mini reader from my Pumpkin Patch pack.  "A Pumpkin's Life"  features cute pumpkin life cycle clip art from Whimsy Clips.  I just love their stuff!  This reader is perfect for a short science lesson or hand out to use during reading stations/Daily 5.  

                     Click HERE for the mini reader!  

Now it's time for a major fall sale at my TPT store!  Click on the items below to check out some fantastic deals!

                                                  Pioneer Pack

                                                   Files & Flapbooks: October Edition

Let's wrap this blog post up with a giveaway!  Who could use a gift card to TPT??? I think we all could! ;)
Fill out the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win $10 to TPT.

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And don't forget to hit up all the other awesome blog posts that have FREEBIES and GIVEAWAYS at every single blog!  Woo hoo!  Have a great week!


  1. WOW! Your freebie ROCKS! I love, love, love using emergent readers in my classroom, especially since I have so many new readers in my class!! Erin
    Very Perry Classroom

  2. This is so awesome! We are also doing our pumpkin unit with the same books! The kiddies love Spookley! Super cute! Thank you for sharing!


  3. A girl after my own heart! I could teach pumpkins the whole month, too. Thanks for the great mini book. It will be perfect in the next couple of weeks!
    Always Kindergarten

  4. It looks like you all had a fun week! Thanks for a fun freebie!

    Shifting Teacher K-2

  5. I love digging into pumpkins with students. We did something similar with second graders and had parents come in and help so we could cut open more pumpkins. It always makes me laugh how many kids won't touch the goo!!

    Sara J Creations

  6. Pumpkins is one of my favorite units too! Lots of great ideas. Love the pumpkin reader! Thanks so much!

    Luv My Kinders

  7. Thank you so much for this great little reader!

  8. We just LOVE the Life Cycle Freebie! It will be perfect for our kiddos this Fall!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Ashley and Brooklynn

  9. Isnt it so fun to cut into a pumpkin. I love when they yell over the gooey insides. LOL! Great post!

  10. I can't wait to dig in to some pumpkins! It is so fun to hear them all squeal when they put their hands in all the 'guts!' Such an awesome freebie! Thanks!

  11. Wow! Love your pumpkin reader! Pumpkins are so fun in the classroom. Thanks for sharing!
    Mrs B's First Grade

  12. Hi Megan, thanks for the great ideas. I love your freebie, I will definitely be using it next week! :)