During this time of year, I love teaching my students this traditional German folk song about a Jack-o-lantern:
You are such a funny sight!
As you sit there in the window,
looking out at the night.
You were once a yellow flower
Hanging on a sturdy vine.
Now you are a Jack-o-lantern,
See the candle that shines!
I appreciate how the song sheds light on the life cycle of a pumpkin, which is another topic of learning these days. To go along with the song, I put together a simple craft activity which the kids have been enjoying in the classroom.
Paper plate Jack-O-Lantern.
Here are the materials on a tray at a table with an art mat.
I demonstrated the process at circle time and set up the materials at a stationary table, rather than on a shelf. This was simply because I ran out of shelf space and had nowhere else to put it! I find, however, that a lesson placed at its own table generates a lot of activity in the classroom - everyone wants to do it! :) Now, we have our own "funny sights" for our classroom windows!