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Scarecrow Ideas, Books, Writing Prompts, and Crafts

Scarecrow Ideas, Books, Writing Prompts, and Crafts 2

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Scarecrows are a fun part of fall.! Kindergarten and first grade children will enjoy a special unit featuring scarecrows along with barns and animals. Discover these scarecrow ideas!

Barn Dance Read Aloud Book

Barn Dance! by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault is the delightful story of a young boy who sneaks out to the barn in the middle of the night when he hears the animals and scarecrow head out there for a hoedown. The scarecrow leads the way with his fiddle playing and the animals join in with a wild dance in the barn. This Reading Rainbow Book has fun language and entertaining illustrations that will appeal to young children.

Barn Dance! (Reading Rainbow)Barn Dance! (Reading Rainbow)

Inside a Barn in the Country Fall Themed Rebus Story

Inside a Barn in the Country: A Rebus Read-along Story by Alyssa Satin Capucilli is a funny rebus story that allows even non-readers to participate in telling the story. Disaster strikes in the barn when the cat scares the mouse, who wakes up the horse, who wakes up the cow and so on. What does the farmer think of it all? One can only imagine he’s not terribly happy with the chaos in his barn. Young children will enjoy this predictable, humorously illustrated story.

Inside a Barn in the Country: A Rebus Read-Along StoryInside a Barn in the Country: A Rebus Read-Along Story

Story Sequence Activity

Have students retell the most important parts of Barn Dance! in a story sequence activity. Provide each student with a large piece of white paper folded into four sections. In the first section, have them draw a picture and write a sentence about something that happened at the beginning of the story. In the second section, have them tell about something that happened in the middle of the story. In the third section have them tell what happened at the end. In the last section, have them tell their favorite part of the story.

Students can write their own sentences or dictate to an adult if they are unable to write. Prior to writing the story, create a word bank on the board or a large sheet of chart paper so students can find the words they need.

Create a Rebus Story

After reading Inside a Barn in the Country: A Rebus Read-along Story, have students create their own rebus story. Have them select five characters that will be drawn as pictures and then write a story to share with the class.

Scarecrow Writing Prompts

  • The Day Our Scarecrow Came to Life
  • The Mystery of the Unstuffed Scarecrow
  • If I Were a Scarecrow
  • Why Scarecrows Have Patched Clothing
  • The Scarecrow Family Moves to the Big City

Barn and Animal Writing Prompts

  • A Secret Barn Hideout
  • Enjoying Fall in the Barn
  • The Haunted Barn
  • The Best Way to Use a Barn
  • Barn Sweet Barn

For more writing prompts, see my Scarecrow Writing Prompts!

Scarecrow Writing PromptsScarecrow Writing Prompts

If you are looking for an easy scarecrow-themed craft, see my scarecrow craft here.

Easy Scarecrow Craft

If you are looking for more fun fall learning activities, please check out my Fall Literacy and Math Pack with 30+ Centers and Activities for fall!

Fall Literacy and Math Pack – 30+ Centers and ActivitiesFall Literacy and Math Pack – 30+ Centers and Activities

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