If you haven't read Sophie's Squash, I highly recommend it. This Ezra Jack Keats Honor Book is the sweetest book about a little girl who finds a new friend... a squash. There are several life lessons your can learn when reading Sophie's Squash.
I love all the varieties of squash. I mixed different ones for a centerpiece on my table. Why don't you bring different varieties of squash for the students to investigate? You could even have a squash tasting party! Did you know that a pumpkin is a squash?
I've provided some fun activities as your students read this precious book.
1. Discuss PersonificationWhat human qualities did Sophie give to her squash? Students can even decorate their own squash and give explain the human qualities of their squash. If you don't want to fool with decorating a real squash, use the app PicCollage. Just search photos for a butternut squash, add text, and stickers to decorate the squash. Students can even draw on the squash.
2. Comprehension and Sequencing
As the story evolves, poor Bernice develops blotches and begins to rot. Students can answer comprehension questions about the story and then write important events of the story.