Published on November 13, 2019
First-graders at John Beck Elementary recently celebrated fall with a variety of harvest-themed events. Teachers and learning facilitators partnered up for a day of learning and character development focused on responsible citizenship and bully prevention.
Using the book “Spookley the Square Pumpkin,” by Joe Troiano, students and teachers explored ways to accept and value others who are different. The story follows a uniquely-shaped pumpkin as the animals and pumpkins around him get to know him and explore the benefits of being square.
As students moved from classroom to classroom writing, reading, singing, and creating fall-themed artwork, they learned that everyone is unique and deserves to be treated with respect.
One of the students’ favorite activities of the day was the chance to make their own one-of-a-kind pumpkin to fit perfectly into a unique pumpkin patch.
Through their fall celebration, first-graders had fun, and enjoyed a break from routine.