The Littlest Pumpkin

Okay, so I meant to post this earlier this evening, but I’ve been glued to the TV watching the footage from Sandy’s path of destruction!  To all my East Coast friends…I’m praying for you!!!!  PLEASE be safe!!!!!!! 


Just wanted to quickly share a fun little activity we did after reading the book, The Littlest Pumpkin by R.A. Herman.  This is one of my favorite seasonal stories!  There is SO much you can do with it!!!  This year, I decided to use this story to reinforce the concept of making text-to-self connections.  First…we did a little story map action before digging in to our focus comprehension strategy.  Then it was time for a little writing & craftivity.


This little craftivity was inspired by this art project I found at The Elementary Art Room.

Together, we discussed why the littlest pumpkin felt disappointed.  We wrote about it during our whole group shared/guided writing time.  My babies are getting SO good about putting “meatball spaces” in between their words and remembering their *stop signs*!  After writing together, I had my kids independently write about a time they felt disappointed.  Some of their little answers were CRACKING me right up!

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Just LOVE the way they turned out and their little text-to-self connections were too cute!  I LOVED reading them!  SO funny to see what makes them disappointed…like this one…

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TOO cute!! 

We’ve been getting ready for Candy Day with a few little fun things in all sorts of random places.  I found these cutie fingers at the $1 spot at Target, so we’ve been using them as our “magic reading fingers” and pointers as we read around the room.  I used to LOVE these things!!!


And we’ve been doing a little problem solving, too.  Thanks to Kathleen’s Daily Calendar Bundle, my kids are seriously kickin’ tail with their math skills!

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Now I’m off to rest up for tomorrow’s festivities.  Should be an interesting day to say the least…full moon AND Halloween?!?!?!  Enough said!  HA!!! 

Happy trick-or-treating to you!


  1. What a super cute pumpkin!!!
    Good luck tomorrow! It's going to be a Venti kinda day for me!
    Beg, Borrow, Steal

  2. We use those same leveled readers! Your kiddos are way farther ahead than mine high group just started level 3s! Love the pumpkins :)

  3. Those pumpkins have so much character! Super darling!
    Amy Howbert

    Little Miss Organized

  4. LOVE the finger for reading! Adorable!!!

    Second Grade Sparkle

  5. Hahaha! I love the pointer fingers. My kiddos would LOVE those. Love those dollar deals! Looks like you guys had a blast in Chicago. So fun to have such an awesome network of teachers nation-wide.

    Tangled with Teaching

  6. So adorable! I love pumpkin activities and this is going in my file. Thanks for sharing. :)

  7. Love the pumpkins! Your pictures are always amazing!!

    Fun In First

  8. Do you have the activity sheet somewhere we can download? I would love to do it along with the pumpkin.

  9. Love those pumpkins! I just pinned them :)

  10. LOVE The Littlest Pumpkin activity! Tried to do it today, but our library did not have a copy... I pinned it so I can remember for next year! Thanks for sharing!

    Mr. First Grade

  11. Adorable and I love that reading skill. Going in the 'remember next October' file :)

    You Might Be a First Grader...

  12. LOVE LOVE LOVE these (and everything else you do!) Do you have a copy of the text-to-self pumpkin activity sheet I can download or buy on TPT? Thank you for your awesome ideas and always sharing!! :)

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  14. Cara, what camera do you use? I am struggling with posting pictures to my little blog, and am wondering if it is my camera or the blog format I chose? Thanks, tons. I always love your ideas/inspiration! :0)

  15. Love the pumpkin creativity and writing- too cute? Do you have a download for the writing activity? I'd love to do it with my kiddos next year.

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  17. Is the text-to-self activity available for download?

  18. Can I get a copy of the text-to-self activity with the Littlest Pumpkin book?

  19. I love this idea! Could I get a copy of the text-to-self activity that goes with the Littlest Pumpkin book, or where can I find it available?

  20. is there a download for this worksheet?
    thank you!

  21. I was wondering if you can lead me to the worksheet that goes along with the super cute pumpkins?

  22. I'm wondering the same thing as others. We are working hard on connections right now and I'd love to use this next week. thejenchileatgmaildotcom
    Thank you!!

  23. I would love a copy of the text-to-self connetion download as well! We are reading the book next week!

  24. I would also love a copy of the text-to-self connection as well. Thank you!

  25. i would love a copy of the sheet as well!

  26. Hello! I love this activity. Would you please email me the text-to-self worksheet. I greatly appreciate it and admire all of your wonderful ideas. :)

  27. I forgot to include my email address. It's Thanks!

  28. Love this! I can't wait to hang this pumpkins out in our hallway to get the school ready for fall! Could I also get a copy of the text to self page?

  29. Love this! I can't wait to hang this pumpkins out in our hallway to get the school ready for fall! Could I also get a copy of the text to self page?

  30. Hi! I love this activity! Could I also get a copy of the text-to-self page? Thx! And also, I love your products!!

  31. Can I get a copy of the text-to-self activity?

  32. Would you be able to send me text-to-self page? Thank you!!!

  33. Can I please have a copy of the text to self page also?
    Thanks in advance! :)

  34. I would be interested in the link to the download for The Littlest Pumpkin, please. I can't find it in your TPT store.

  35. Hi there! I think I have the same questions as others! If you are emailing the text to self activity worksheet can I please have a copy too? My email is Thanks so much!!!