Fall Activities With "Sophie's Squash" and Freebie


Get your free activities to go along with the book Sophie's Squash. Your students will love this sweet book and learn about life cycles.

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.



Throughout the book, Sophie treats the squash as her playmate. She even names it Bernice. Bernice goes to school, plays with Sophie, goes to the library, and visits the farmers' market. As the days go on, Bernice begins to change. The squash gets freckles as it begins to rot. Finally, Sophie asks the farmer at the farmers' market what she can do to keep the squash healthy. This is a great lesson on learning about the life cycle of a squash.

Get your free activities to go along with the book Sophie's Squash. Your students will love this sweet book and learn about life cycles.

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 Personification  

What 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.


      Get your free activities to go along with the book Sophie's Squash. Your students will love this sweet book and learn about life cycles.

Get your free activities to go along with the book Sophie's Squash. Your students will love this sweet book and learn about life cycles.

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.

Get your free activities to go along with the book Sophie's Squash. Your students will love this sweet book and learn about life cycles.

3. Study the Life Cycle of a Squash 

You can even use the life cycle of pumpkin as an example of the life cycle.  This is a photo of a squash plant in our garden. The leaves get HUGE!

Get your free activities to go along with the book Sophie's Squash. Your students will love this sweet book and learn about life cycles.


Get your free activities to go along with the book Sophie's Squash. Your students will love this sweet book and learn about life cycles.



Get your free activities to go along with the book Sophie's Squash. Your students will love this sweet book and learn about life cycles.


14 comments

  1. What a wonderful freebie and post! Thanks for the activities and awesome tips!

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    1. Thank you, Carla. I love this book. It's a great science lesson, too.

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  2. That story look adorable!! Can't wait to read it.

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    1. Thanks, Michele. Great lessons in this book.

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  3. I have never heard of that book before but it looks ADORABLE!!! I enjoyed reading your post, Sandy :)
    Julie
    The Techie Teacher

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  4. It's sooo cute. There's also a book called Sophie's Squash Goes to School. I haven't purchased that one yet. Thanks, Julie

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  5. Thank you for sharing about Sophie's Squash. It's a new book title for me. I'll have to get the book. Thank you for sharing the wonderful ideas to use with it.
    First Grade Schoolhouse

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  6. Love using books to teach! This is a wonderful post!

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  7. How have I missed this book?! Thank you for the activities!

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  8. Thanks for introducing me to this book! Off to Barnes & Noble to get my own copy!

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  9. I love your ideas for personification! It can be so tricky for some students to grasp. Your ideas are wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

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