Do the pumpkins always look so perfect and polished?
The honest answer is no. There are two philosophies here, and as a teacher I respect both. First, parents and kids do the project “together.” They work together with the guidance of the parent. Second, is the parents allow the kids the artistic freedom to create on their own, supporting them but not directing the artistic elements. It’s a whole mommy debate and as teachers we just have to accept we will get both kinds of pumpkins. (And the kids don’t care, they are just excited to be doing something so cool).
Here are some additional samples of Pumpkin Book Reports you may get:
This one was a little bit of an issue for this student because the parent used the marker as the medium. The marker was rubbing off and so he was a little upset. If you are making these with your children, be sure to think of that. To fix we presented his first and then at recess we traced it with my Marks-A-Lot marker which is super permanent. FYI – the child still grinned ear to ear because of the thought and time that went into this project.
I love this one because it was a nonfiction book report! All kids love nonfiction books so it was a great way for him to share what he knew about sharks in a creative, artful manner!
What do you do if a student does not bring in a pumpkin?
It will always happen that one or two students does not have a Pumpkin Book Report for various reasons. I am the type of teacher that does not let that stop me from doing these amazing projects and so I will spend time with that student on my lunch hour or during recess to make a pumpkin. Talk about feeling special – everyone wants to do a pumpkin with the teacher. I purposefully have my reports due 2-3 days before we present so I have time to make sure every student has one. I will pick up some foam pumpkins and sometimes at Walmart you can find pumpkin decorating kits like shown above.
Get your free Pumpkin Book Report download here:
I like to give my families about 2 weeks to prep these and bring them into class. So now is the time to be planning this pumpkin project! Letters and book reports are free in my Simply Kinder TpT store below: