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Spookley The Square Pumpkin Activities – Reading Comprehension & Writing Crafts

Add these fun Spookley The Square Pumpkin activities to your lesson plans in the month of October for some pumpkin-themed fun.
Spookley is a favorite story of students. They will love the activities, and you’ll love the reading comprehension review.
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Who doesn’t love the book, “Spookley The Square Pumpkin”, by Joe Troiano. It’s always a favorite October read-aloud. But your students are probably sad when it’s finished.

Spookley The Square Pumpkin Activities
Spookley The Square Pumpkin Digital Activities

Add these Spookley The Square Pumpkin activities to your lesson plans in October to review reading comprehension skills while adding a bit of pumpkin-themed fun to your classroom.

Talk about motivation! When your students find a favorite book, they’re going to want to have as many activities as they can to go with it. These activities to accompany “Spookley The Square Pumpkin” are engaging and fun for your students. They’ll love the writing crafts and projects. You’ll love the reading comprehension review!

Plus, they’re so interactive and fun that your students won’t think they’re working!

You don’t get a chance to review reading comprehension skills as much as you’d like. But when you use the reading strategies along with the book, “Spookley The Square Pumpkin”, you’ll give your students a great opportunity to refresh their memory on reading skills.

Included In Spookley The Square Pumpkin Activities

  • Main Idea Activities: Students recall the main idea and supporting details.
  • Sequencing: Students write sequencing words in order under the Spookley images. Or, print and laminate the Spookley images for a fun fall reading center.
  • Story Elements: Students tell the characters, setting, problem, and solution.
Spookley The Square Pumpkin Skills
Spookley The Square Pumpkin Crafts
  • Compare and Contrast: Students tell how Spookley The Square Pumpkin changed from the beginning of the story to the end of the story.
  • Cause and Effect: Students identify what caused key details in the story to happen.
    Character Traits: Students come up with descriptive words about the characters from “Spookley The Square Pumpkin”.
  • Making Predictions: Students make a guess for what happens after the story finishes.
  • Visualization: As you read the story aloud, students draw and write what they see in their minds.
  • Asking Questions: Students generate questions to ask Spookley and his fellow pumpkins.
  • Making Connections: Students draw and write what Spookley reminds them of.
    Summarizing: Students retell the story in a “somebody – wanted – but – so – then” format.
  • More Summarizing: Students make a special Spookley shape book summarizing how Spookley felt at the beginning, middle, and end of the story, what lesson the other pumpkins learned, and what they would want their pumpkin to look like.
Spookley The Square Pumpkin Booklet
Spookley The Square Pumpkin Game
  • Craftivities!: Resources are included for your class to make their own unique pumpkins.
    Roll-A-Pumpkin: Students roll a dice and design their own Spookley pumpkins!
  • Graphing: All these unique pumpkins can be turned into a graphing activity. Graph the colors and shapes of your class pumpkins with Spookley pictures on chart paper, or give your students individual graphing pages to work with a partner.
  • Color-By-Code: Take your pumpkin theme further with a color by code page. FULLY EDITABLE, add your own task (math facts, spelling skills, sight words, vocabulary etc.) and students follow the code to color a pumpkin patch picture.
  • Pumpkin Shape Matching: Fun pumpkins in the 2D shapes of triangles, squares, ovals, stars, hearts, diamonds, rectangles, pentagons, and circles are great for matching games. Each 2D shape and shape word is on a card that they can feed to a hungry pumpkin!
Spookley The Square Pumpkin Coloring

When Can I Use This In My Classroom?

Spookley The Square Pumpkin Fall Activities

You might have a day off from your usual routine in October. Maybe it’s a day on or around Halloween and you know your students will be super excited. Or maybe they’re coming back from Fall Break and you’d like to welcome them back to school with some fun.

Another great idea is to add the book to your reading station with these activities to complete. Great way to mix up your reading centers!

Spookley The Square Pumpkin Printables

When you use the reading comprehension activities for Spookley The Square Pumpkin, you’ll still be covering your curriculum skills, but in a fun way that will vary from your normal routine. Spookley The Square Pumpkin is a great story to add some fun to your day while you review your reading strategies.

Also Available On Digital Platforms!

Assign the Spookley The Square Pumpkin Activites on Google Slides, Seesaw, or Boom Cards. Your students will:

  • Find the main idea.
  • Put the story in order.
  • Identify the story elements.
  • Compare and contrast the beginning and end of the story.
  • Identify the cause and effect.
  • Make a prediction.
  • State what the story reminds them of.
  • Retell the story.
  • Identify character traits of Spookley, the farmer, and the pumpkins.
  • Analyze what Spookley is thinking throughout the story.
  • And for some fun: Match 2D pumpkin shapes and make their own Spookley pumpkin with drag and drop images.
Spookley The Square Pumpkin Reading

Audio directions are included on each slide so students can work through the activities independently.

Great to add to your reading centers!

Since Spookley The Square Pumpkin is such a lovable character, your students will love identifying with him as they complete the engaging activities. You’ll love seeing how excited they are. They’ll be reviewing their reading skills without even knowing it!

Teachers Like You Said:

“This was a wonderful resource to go along with the book! My first graders LOVED these activities!” -Cynthia Saunders

“This was a perfect independent follow up to our read aloud of Spookley The Square Pumpkin. I assigned these to my class in Seesaw with a few clicks and they were ready to go. Soooo easy and perfect for kindergartners!” -Melanie M.

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(24 customer reviews)

24 reviews for Spookley The Square Pumpkin Activities – Reading Comprehension & Writing Crafts

  1. Donna S. (verified owner)

    Great resource to use with distance learning.

  2. Ann B. (verified owner)

    Cute, my class loved doing it.

  3. Patty K. (verified owner)

    Love it!

  4. Kim H. (verified owner)

    Great book companion activities!

  5. Cristy B. (verified owner)

    Great, kids loved the story

  6. Danielle R (verified owner)

    So cute, thank you! Love how they could hear the directions

  7. Leslie D. (verified owner)

    I love this story, so I was excited to find activities to use virtually!!!

  8. H S (verified owner)

    My students loved it. It was perfect for first grade. Thank you!

  9. Barbara B. (verified owner)

    This was a great follow up activity for my read aloud

  10. Susan D (verified owner)

    The students enjoyed using the pictures to retell. It was a great resource to back up the mini lesson

  11. Holly O. (verified owner)

    This was a good resource to add to my pumpkin unit and Spookley activities.

  12. Kristin S. (verified owner)

    Great Product!!

  13. Kaitlyn B. (verified owner)

    My students loved these activities!

  14. Deborah S. (verified owner)

    This resource was exactly what I needed!

  15. Cynthia S. (verified owner)

    This was a wonderful resource to go along with the book! My first graders LOVED these activities!

  16. Jennifer S. (verified owner)

    great resource for seesaw

  17. stacy G. (verified owner)

    Great resource for the book. Thank you

  18. Denise Y. (verified owner)

    We had so much fun using these activities after watching spookly.

  19. Denise D. (verified owner)

    My kids loved doing Spookley activities!

  20. jana R. (verified owner)

    Thank you for sharing! Love the story and this was a perfect addtion.

  21. Holly H. (verified owner)

    Great resource.

  22. Kirsten F. (verified owner)

    Great companion resource to the book.

  23. Stacy G. (verified owner)

    I love Spookley! My students did too and these activities were great!

  24. Jennifer B. (verified owner)

    Fun and engaging!

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