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Scarecrow Unit Study Activities

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Scarecrows are a fun and colorful part of fall. Children of all ages, but especially kindergarten and first grade children, will enjoy a special scarecrow unit study featuring books, activities, writing prompts, and printables related to scarecrows.


History of Scarecrows

Here is a bit of the history of scarecrows. Did you know they go back to the Ancient Egyptians? Amazing! (Parents may want to read ahead of time and summarize for children.)


Barn Dance Scarecrow 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)


Reading Response or Story Map

After reading Barn Dance!, your children can complete either A Story Map or a Reading Response for the book. Both are available in my subscriber only area.

Unit Study Story MapUnit Study Story MapUnit Study Reading ResponseUnit Study Reading Response


How To Make a Scarecrow

Scarecrows can look so many different ways – funny, happy, scary, and more. Here are a few different ways to make a scarecrow!

A smaller scarecrow


How to Make a Scarecrow

After watching one of the above videos, have your children write out and illustrate their own directions for how to make a scarecrow using this printable available in my subscriber only area.

Unit Study How To


Scarecrow Craft

Sometimes it’s not possible to make a real scarecrow out of clothes and hay. If you are looking for an easy scarecrow-themed craft made of paper, see my subscriber only area.

Free Scarecrow Craft


A Scarecrow Song for Little Ones

Here is a fun song for little ones who need to move around a bit!


Little Bear Dances with a Scarecrow

One of the very cutest episodes of “Little Bear” is “Moonlight Serenade” when Little Bear goes dancing with a scarecrow under the harvest moon.

Season 4, Episode 43: Moonlight Serenade, Caterpillars, Goblin NightSeason 4, Episode 43: Moonlight Serenade, Caterpillars, Goblin Night


Scarecrow Writing Prompts

Ready to do some creative writing? Here are some fun scarecrow writing prompts to use.

  • 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

For more writing prompts, see my Scarecrow Writing Prompts!

Scarecrow Writing Prompts – 20 Writing Center Activity CardsScarecrow Writing Prompts – 20 Writing Center Activity Cards


More Books About Scarecrows

If you are looking for some fun picture books to add to your scarecrow unit study, here are a few!

The Lonely ScarecrowThe Lonely ScarecrowThe Scarecrows' WeddingThe Scarecrows’ WeddingScarecrows (All about Fall)Scarecrows (All about Fall)

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

Scarecrow Unit Study Activities

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