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    Jack'o Lantern Writing Activity
    By DogLovr

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    Each year I have my second graders cut out and make a jack'o lantern pumpkin from construction paper. I let them draw on it and use construction paper for the stem, leaves, vines, etc. The pumpkins, of course, all look different. Then on the next day, I have the students write a description of their pumpkin, as if they were the pumpkin speaking. "I have two triangular eyes. I am long and skinny." You get the picture. They have a hard time with the speaking-like-the-pumpkin part, but you could have them just write a description of their pumpkin. Then I put all the pumpkins on a bulletin board and label them each with a letter and call it our "Pumpkin Patch." The kids are not allowed to tell each other which pumpkin is theirs. Then I read their writing and we play a game to see if we can match the description to the pumpkin. I keep a list of whose is whose so we know if we're right. Or you can just ask the child whose writing you just read to tell. It's fun, the kids love it, and takes about a week to complete.

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