In the fall, many classrooms are still building a community and setting expectations about cooperation. Read alouds can be a great way to continue reinforcing this even after the first few weeks of school. This week we are spotlighting the book Pumpkin Soup because it is a wonderful way to discuss sharing and friendship in the classroom. There is great flexibility around when you can use this book in the classroom because it fits in well with fall and harvest or Thanksgiving themes. Either way, this book has a great message to share with students. - Jodi and the Starts With a Story Team
The story, Pumpkin Soup, is about three friends; Cat, Squirrel, and Duck. They live together in an old, white cabin, and always make pumpkin soup. Each character has a specific role in creating the soup. The Cat slices the pumpkin, Squirrel stirs in the water, and Duck adds the salt. One day, Duck decides that he would like a turn at stirring. This causes a huge fight between the three friends, and Duck leaves the cabin.
At first, Squirrel and Cat are angry at the Duck. Eventually, they grow sad and miss their friend. They go out to look for him. As they look for him, they reflect on what kind of friends they were to him. They even worry that he found better friends that would let him help and have a turn. When they return to the cabin, they see that Duck is there! They let him have a turn at stirring and have delicious pumpkin soup.
Pumpkin Soup can be used to teach a variety of skills. Teachers can use it as a way to practice reading comprehension skills and introduce new grammar concepts. It also lends itself to a range of different types of writing and vocabulary instruction. These skills can be taught in whole group lessons as well practiced independently and in small groups.
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