Teachers who know Spookley the Square Pumpkin typically use his origin story, The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin, in the fall to teach about embracing differences. But it turns out there are more Spookley books, lesson plans, music videos, and activity pages to entertain and educate your students. We took a look at all the Spookley resources and pulled together some other good times for incorporating Spookley.
Managing emotions on the first day of school
In Spookley the Square Pumpkin, The First Day of School, everyone’s favorite square pumpkin is nervous about his first day of school. As he goes through his day and discovers the wonder of learning new things, his worries disappear. Grab the book and then use the activities in the kit to help your students identify and manage the emotions that come with such a big day!
Empowering kids to help prevent bullying
Spookley is the “Official Spokes-Pumpkin” for National Bullying Prevention Month (October), and he wants your students to sign the pledge against bullying. Find out more at PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, and don’t miss the educator toolkit. We love the discussion questions and the “acts of kindness trick-or-treat bag” activity.
Making the most of fall
Halloween is the perfect time to read the classic Spookley story, but we also love The Halloween Movie Book (Plus, if you have Netflix, you can stream the movie for your class). Print some coloring pages for your kids and put on some of the great videos from the official Spookley YouTube page. They can even DIY their own Spookley costume!
Honoring all types of families at Thanksgiving
Spookley the Square Pumpkin: A Family To Be Thankful For tells the story of a sad and lonely Spookley who eventually learns that no one family tree grows quite the same as another. Download the toolkit for fun drawing and writing activities, and don’t miss author Joe Troiano reading the story aloud.
Celebrating the winter holidays
For a nice seasonal read-aloud, try the brand new Spookley and the Christmas Kittens: the Movie Book or Mistletoe and the Christmas Kittens (the book upon which the Christmas movie was based). The corresponding toolkit includes fun holiday-themed puzzles plus a great reflection activity on gift giving.