The pre-kindergarten students at Pinedale Elementary took part in the Plumply Dumply Pumpkin Literacy Festival. The festival was inspired by the book, Plumply Dumply Pumpkin, which was one of the school’s ELLM/Plus books for the month of October. The students came to school in their favorite Halloween costumes and participated in fun outdoor activities.
There were five different stations set up in the courtyard. Each group spent about 15 minutes at each station before rotating to the next one. At the first station the students were able to burn off some energy by playing freeze dance and running around on their tip-toes. Next, they watched a Snoopy cartoon and then headed back outside to make macaroni necklaces. The students’ favorite station was the “trunk or treat” station. For this station, the parents decorated the trunks of their cars and the students went trick-or-treating at each one. The students ended the eventful morning at the reading circle, where they listened to a fun Halloween story.
After the groups had been to each station, the students were provided with a special lunch consisting of a hot dog, chips and a drink. The festival was a great way to get the students excited about reading while incorporating the traditional holiday festivities.
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