Pumpkin Heads! by Wendell Minor

Theme: Fall/Halloween

Writer’s Workshop: Descriptive Words/Pictures

Recommended Grades: K-2nd grade

Pumpkin Heads is a short book displaying a wide range of ways to create jack-o-lanterns.  The artwork is stunning. 

Lesson Idea: Read aloud this book.  Discuss with students how the author uses descriptive words to describe the different types of pumpkin heads on display.  Ask students to draw a picture of a pumpkin head and write a short descriptive piece to describe it.  Compile all of the pictures and descriptions into a class book.

©2010 by Dawn Little for Picture This! Teaching with Picture Books. All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.

Apples for Everyone by Jill Esbaum

Theme: Fall

Six Traits of Writing:  Word Choice

Recommended Grades: 2nd -5th grade

It’s fall – harvest time – and fresh apples are everywhere.  Find out what apples look like, how they grow and what we can do with them.  This book is part of the National Geographic Kids Picture the Season series.  Check out Literacy Toolbox to read about other National Geographic Kids books

Lesson Idea: Read aloud Apples for Everyone (Picture the Seasons).  Discuss with students the idea of descriptive words and how they enhance a book.  Read aloud the book again and stop after every page.  On a piece of chart paper, list the descriptive words or phrases the author uses to describe apples.  Leave the list in the classroom as a writing resource and continue to add to the list as you find other descriptive words and phrases in your read alouds.  As a writing exercise, provide students with a topic, perhaps another fruit or vegetable, and ask them to write a descriptive piece about that topic.  Actually provide students with a piece of fruit or vegetable to handle and manipulate as they write their description.  Allow each student to choose their own fruit or vegetable to write about.  Encourage students to use descriptive words and phrases in their own writing.

©2010 by Dawn Little for Picture This! Teaching with Picture Books. All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.

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