Friday, September 28, 2012

Big Pumpkin----Great book, printable icons

My kids really like Halloween, so I start early.  We all need our fun, right?  This book, Big Pumpkin, by Erica Silverman, has everything from funny characters and plot, to repeatable lines, to a vivid setting.  In addition, there is a YouTube video that is the audiobook portion (no animation so you need the real book) for kids to follow along---the lines are sung in a catchy tune, with turn the page signals.

As usual, I've been a bit busy with Boardmaker (getting the original idea from Boardmaker Share) and have a few visuals to be used, and along with a bigger written word ("Drat") which is to be laminated and mounted on a stick.  This is a repeatable (short) line in the book. Kids can hold it up at key moments----in a group, the 'Drat holder' position is coveted and shared.

Concepts for teaching with this book are endless----
  • there's the whole story structure and grammar of it---characters, setting, problem, and solution are very clear in this book
  • Halloween vocabulary
  • character feelings---frustration, anger, happiness, pride
  • push vs pull  (One of my kids today was confused by this.)
  • sequencing events
  • on the vine, off the vine--simple position concepts
  • question comprehension
  • if we were actually allowed to cook, we could make pumpkin pies with the kids. (Alas, other kids in other schools can enjoy that!)  Following a recipe is a great way to learn how to sequence steps, and  a way to learn the language of directions in a functional context.
Book icons
YouTube audiobook recording

Click here to download icons in Boardmaker

Click here to download icons in pdf

The 'Drat' holder!!



  1. Looks like a good book to work on multiple goals while having a Halloween theme.

    Talking With Rebecca

  2. Cute cute cute. I just bought this book at Target. Thank you for sharing the icons to go with the story. The kids will love it :)

  3. This has always been a favorite. Fits perfectly with my goal of weekly retelling! Thank you for the icons.

  4. I only wish I'd come across this before Halloween was over! Still, I'll definitely tuck it away for next year as it's one of my very favorite stories to share AND to act out with students! Thanks so much for sharing!