Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for The Ugly Pumpkin will find this post helpful. It includes resource recommendations, free teaching ideas, and information about the book. You’ll have everything you need to deliver engaging interactive read aloud lessons based on this story.
With themes of bullying and acceptance, this The Ugly Pumpkin picture book by Dave Horowitz is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will be a big hit in your classroom too! Learn more about this book below!
Engage Your Students with The Ugly Pumpkin Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:
- Read a summary of The Ugly Pumpkin. You can find it in the section below.
- Check out the teaching ideas for reading comprehension strategies, grammar topics and social emotional learning skills that can be taught using this children’s book.
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THE UGLY PUMPKIN SUMMARY
The Ugly Pumpkin is a heartwarming story about a squash that thinks he is a pumpkin. He looks different than all the other pumpkins and is teased for the way he looks. No one will pick him up from the patch, he is kicked, and trees throw apples at him. As a result, he considers himself to be the ugly pumpkin and feels very lonely.
One day, the ugly pumpkin found his way into a garden and realized he was a squash! He found a group that looked just like him and he fit right in! In this happy ending, the ugly pumpkin, now a squash, enjoys a feast with his new family.
Students will love this rhyming story about a pumpkin that doesn’t know he is actually a squash.
THE UGLY PUMPKIN LESSON PLAN IDEAS
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We found this book was especially good at teaching the topics listed below.
READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS
The text-based The Ugly Pumpkin reading comprehension questions focus on:
- analyzing character
- analyzing setting
- plot | problem-solution
LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS
We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:
GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY
- quotation marks
THE UGLY PUMPKIN ACTIVITIES
You’ll receive all of the following resources aligned to the story:
- comprehension questions
- 30 writing prompts with themed paper
- vocabulary activities
- word study print & go activities
- ideas for grammar lessons with focus sentence printables
- social emotional learning discussion topics
- graphic organizers to target specific comprehension skills and strategies
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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS
What are the reading levels for The Ugly Pumpkin?
- Lexile® Measure: AD450L
- Guided Reading Level: K
- DRA Level: 18
- Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 2.3
Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?
The book was written by Dave Horowitz. It was illustrated by Dave Horowitz.
What genre is The Ugly Pumpkin?
How many pages are in the book?
The story is 40 pages long.