Saturday, October 13, 2012

Pumpkin Book Reports

Last year the blogging world introduced me to the idea of pumpkin book reports, and I loved it! If you haven’t considered it already, do.
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Of course, there are lots of packets online to get you started, but I began with the free one at SimplyKinder.I loved the way her freebie introduced the project in a totally fall-centric, no-mention-of-Halloween way!

I did create a book report form that went a bit more in depth (requiring my students to give character traits and what evidence from the book led them to identify those traits), but I use this primarily as a home-school connection project to get the entire family involved with reading.
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This is a great way to let kids be creative but also to encourage them to share books with their peers.
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(Yes, this girl had a head-to-toe Halloween outfit, including some little spiders painted on her face. This little fashionista looked more put together than me every day last year.)
Some tips to suggest to parents:
  • Pick a small pumpkin.
  • Don’t carve for this project.
  • Work on it a little at a time, instead of all on the last weekend.
And for you? If your parents are invited to your fall party, have the pumpkins ready to go back home that day.
I LOVED this project last year, and I had a few parents tell me how much they loved that I sent home family projects for them to work on together. I can’t wait to see the pumpkins I get this year!
P.S.- Let me know if you could use the amped-up character report form!


  1. Blogged about them today. I LOVE pumpkin book reports. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I am so doing this next year!! And I love everything about that little girl in her Halloween get-up. Don't you hate it when some of these little ones out do you? Even on your "I just got this whole head to toe brand new outfit with matching earrings!!!!" day?

    Across the Hall in 2nd Grade

  3. I just assigned this last week for my GT students to do in lieu of book logs.

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    1. I'm sorry, Jessica! I just looked and I can't seem to find it. I must have lost it while moving schools this summer. I hope you're able to make something that works!



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