A K-4 storytime combining the joy of storytelling, an environmental fable, some truly enGROSSing science, and a great ghost story or tale of creative problem-solving
(order of books varied in some groups)
Participatory Storytelling/Props: Big Pumpkin – from the book by Erica Silverman -- In this variant on the folktale, “The Great Big Enormous Turnip,” the witch, ghost, skeleton, and vampire are unable to pull up the pumpkin until a tiny bat ignores their derisive laughter and suggests they all work together. I sing/chant this to a tune from an old Scholastic recording – feel free to contact me if you want to learn the tune.
Book: Pumpkins: A Story for a Field – Mary Lyn Ray (Modern environmental fable/fairytale about a man who saves a field from development by growing pumpkins and sending them around the world.) (omitted for Kindergarten)
Non-Fiction Book: Rotten Pumpkin: A Rotten Tale in 15 Voices* – 577.16 SCHWARTZ – “UnCommon Core” at its best! -- Told in the first person by the pumpkin, mouse, squirrel, slug, fly, black rot, bread mold, sow bug, Penicillium, earthworm, yeast cell, slime mold, soil, and seed, this is science “on the hoof.” Wonderful writing & delightfully yucky photographs complete this unforgettable tour through the life cycle of a pumpkin that kids will find completely enGROSSing! Booktalked: Living Sunlight by Molly Bang 572.46 BAN (an unforgetable look at photosynthesis and the interconnected web of all life on earth told by the sun.)
Book (K-2): Bear’s Bargain – Frank Asch (also published as Moonbear’s Bargain) (“have you ever wished you were big, or could fly?”..we tried flying with bear in the book -- clever problem solving). (3rd-4th grade): The Perfect Pumpkin Pie – Denys Cazet (when Old Mr. Wilkerson dies while eating pie, he returns as a grumpy ghost with a roving eyedetermined to find a perfect pie – have poster for his chant -- could use puppets & ping pong & tennis ball “eye” props.)
Bedm. K-4, 10/2017