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Teaching Heart's
Scarecrow Theme

Fall is in the air and this year more than ever, I am seeing scarecrows everywhere. I thought scarecrows would be a great mini unit and wanted to share some of my ideas with you. Welcome to Teaching Heart's Scarecrow page. I hope you find something you can use with your students!

September. 2013

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Let's Start With A Bite To Eat - Some Scarecrow Snacks


Haystack Cookies

Super Easy and No Baking – Microwave Only!

1 box of Fiber One
2 cups of butterscotch chips
2 cups of white chocolate chips

Melt the chips together in the microwave (about 2 min).
Stir until smooth.
Add the box of fiber one and stir.
Quickly place a large spoonful onto wax paper or into muffin cups.
Let set for about an hour and you have some yummy Haystacks to enjoy!!!

Add a Candy Corn Pumpkin for more fun!

Decorate a Scarecrow Head Cookie

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My Favorite Books For This Unit!


The Adventures of Top Hat Crow - Such a cute story about a crow who just wants to do what he wants. The illustrations are adorable and the story goes perfectly with a Scarecrow Unit. It is written by a former teacher and as a result the text tells a story as well as teaches a lesson. I am always looking for books with crows as the main character when discussing scarecrows with students. This book is about a little crow who really should have listened to his mommy and daddy. When he doesn’t listen he ends up in a great deal of trouble. The story ends happily but the crow learns that mommy and daddy make rules for their children to keep their children safe. Perfect read-aloud for PreK, Kindergarten, and First Grade!

Six Crows – Amazon says, “While a farmer tends his field of wheat, six hungry crows watch and wait in a nearby tree. When the wheat ripens, the farmer builds a scarecrow to frighten them off, but these ingenious crows are not so easily scared. Bringing this original fable to life with brilliant collages, Leo Lionni deftly draws parallels between animal and human behavior that children can readily appreciate. And once again he shows us that compromise can work magic.”

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

A perfect story to ready during a scarecrow unit!!! Read till the end and you will know why! Not to mention KIDS love this story.... I do too!

The fun board above was created by using the printables from this packet (I used velcro so the students can put the pictures on the board to match the story) and the free Old Lady Printables found at Making Learning Fun!


Make pumpkin cutouts and place the following words onto the cutouts;

afraid, cottage, sliver,

Talk about the words. Write them in sentences.


During the start of the story the little old lady runs into a pair of shoes. What is unusual about these shoes? Would you be scared if a pair of shoes was following you?

After the pumpkin says, "Boo, Boo!" in the story ask the students to tell you what they tink will happen on the next page?

On the thirs to last page the little old lady whispers something to all the objects. What do you think her idea was? What would be your idea?

On the next page, the lady looks out the window. Before turning the page ask the students to make predictions on what she might see.


When the pumpkin's head shouted, "Boo, Boo!" the little old lady ran off. Have children brainstorm other situations that are made more frightening with sounds. Then play the following Halloween soundtrack and have children guess harmless ways the sounds could of been made.

`Readers Theater to Match this!
Free Matching Worksheet

see the packet below for more printables to match this story!

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Items and Ideas In Teaching Heart's Falling For Scarecrows PreK and Kindergarten Instant Packet

Activities to Match There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves! You do know she swallows all that stuff to make a scarecrow?
So this book is perfect for the scarecrow theme!

1.) There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves—Baggie Patterns.

2.) There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves—Apron Patterns.

3.) There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves Dice Game

4.) Scarecrow Mini Book

5.) Scarecrow Coloring Page

6.) Scarecrow Numbers Pocket Chart or Take to Your Seat Center> Students match the crows to the sentence. Crow Manipulatives Included.

7.) Fall Day Mini Book—Students color and cut.  Then place pictures on correct page.

The Little Old LAdy Who Was Not Afraid of Anything is another great read for this unit since at the end of the story all the parts come together to form a scvarecrow.

8.) The Little Old Lady That Was Not Afraid of Anything—Book Review Form.

9.) The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything Pocket Chart Pieces.

10.) Pumpkin Whip In A Cup Activity

11.) Fall Edition of I Have Who Has for 12 students.  Directions Included.

12.) Scarecrow Memory Game

13.)Scarecrow—Roll, Say, Keep lowercase letter sounds game. Direction Included!

14.) The Scarecrows Hat by Ken Brown
Story Props can be used in pocket chart. Laminate and put magnets on them and retell on cookie sheet. Match the props to the words.

15.) Scarecrow Hat Pocket Chart Activity-
Cut and laminate pieces for use in your pocket chart. Students finish the sentence by adding the picture to retell the story. Also included is a cut and paste sheet for independent review.

16.) Scarecrow Emotions Pocket Chart Pieces. Students the correct picture to given sentences.

Roll a Scarecrow Activit

Before allowing the children to play with partners, I plan to teach this to pre-k whole class by first using a large dice. As a class I will pick a student to roll the dice and we will add to the scarecrow until we have rolled our complete scarecrow head and pumpkin. Then after they have gotten the idea of how to play, they can then play with a partner.

This is also a great game for a Fall party game…

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Files are all PDF and come zipped.

How about something free too?...

The first free printable in the set is a little counting book. Student traces the numbers in the story!

You will also find props to make the five little scarecrows. Aren’t they cute? I just laminated them and hot glued them to a plastic utensil. Now I have little puppets I can use to retell the story with!

You will also find a few more pages of goodies to use with the Five Little Scarecrow Poems.

I hope you will able to use this with your children or students! Five Scarecrows 8 Pages of Printables – Click to download PDF!

All sheets Copyright C. Gallagher @ 2012 -
Where stated on sheet and used with permission
Graphics Copyright Microsoft Office
Creative Clips by Krista Wallden



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It includes, Sacrecrows, Apples, Fall Leaves, Pumpkin...


Teaching Heart Fall Bundle of Printables


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More Fun With The Scarecrow's Hat!!!
By Ken Brown

“That’s a nice hat,” said the chicken to scarecrow. “yes it is” Replied scarecrow. “But I’d rather have a walking stick. I’ve been standing here for years and my arms are tired. I’d love a walking stick to lean on. I’d swap my had for a walking stick any day.”

Now chicken didn’t have a walking stick, But she knew someone who did…But why does a chicken want a scarecrow’s hat?

Words to talk about!!!

blanket, chicken, crow, feathers, finally, knew, really, scarecrow, swap, swapped

Copyright  Camille HagemannMy Montessori Journey -
this great idea to use with the book! Read more at their website!!!

Free to Print From

Copyright  Camille HagemannLet's Make a Scarecrow

A mini book for you to print. Cut on the lines and staple the pages together to form a book. Have your students color. Have them read their book to a friend and an adult. (k-2)

Copyright  Camille HagemannScarecrow Scare!

Print and Laminate. Cut out each scarecrow box and place in a pocket chart. Cut out each crow and place in a jar next to your chart. The student must place the number of scraecrows scared next to the scarecrow. (k-1)

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You can have your students complete this sheet by reading it on their own (1-3) or you may read it to your students and have them follow your verbal instructions.

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Student colors the scarecrow picture and then writes a sentence or a paragraph about the picture. (k-3)

I hope you will able to use this with your children or students! Five Scarecrows 8 Pages of Printables – Click to download PDF!

Play-Dough Scarecrow Fun Mats! - Click to Download!

Have some fun with the Crows too!!!

I have a crow plush that loves to land on students who are quiet scarecrows!
The students stand tall while the crow flies around. He lands on the students and peck a little at them.
He will often tell them that they taste like sweet corn! My crow is seen below. He has a button you push and it sounds very crow like when he caws!

Crow Arts and Games (coming)

I tweeked an idea that I saw at Mrs. Lee's Kindergarten (it's filled with super fun scarecrow themed ideas)!
Using the poem:
Five Shiny Crows

______crows all shiny black,
Sat on a scarecrow's back,
Eating some most delicious corn ... yum yum!
Scarecrow winked and shouted "Boo!"
Scared one crow and away he flew,
Now there are ____black shiny crows, caw caw!

I created a craft type coloring sheet. Print it front to pack.

1.) Have the students color the scarecrow.

2.) Cut the lines above.

3.) Fold the crows over so they are now covering your scarecrow. Now you students can act out the poem together.
4.) Now students can read the poem and manipulate the crows as they subtract a crow until there are none!

Click to Download the Five Crows Poem Sheet

A hungry crow came to visit the students today.
The happy students offered the crow some hay.
But the crow flew away!

From the sky the crow cawed, “Corn is all I want to eat!”
They knew that they must color the crow something sweet.
So, they each quickly made the crow a treat.

“Corn, Corn, Corn!” the crow happily cawed, “This is the best!”
The crow then declared, “I am full and ready to rest. “

After we went over the poem about the crow, we made our own crows with corn. (you can download the pattern for this craft here)

—- crows all shiny black,
Sat on a scarecrow’s back,
Eating some most delicious corn … yum yum!
Scarecrow winked and shouted “Boo!”
Scared one crow and away he flew,
Now there are — black shiny crows, caw caw!

Scarecrow Sensory Tub:

We hunted for crows (Black beads), Pumpkins, and leaves in the fall sensory tub.

Many of you were asking about the kids tweezers you see in my sensory bin. Here they are on Amazon:

sorting sheet is found here.

We also had lots of fun putting the correct number of crows in the pocket chart. This printable comes from the Scarcrow Packet – click here.

Help the crow get to the scarecrow dice game!

Simple Boy and Girl Paper Bag Scarecrows Craft!

All you do is glue on the face parts and hair. I used a coffer filter for the girls hat and construction paper for the boys hat.
Stuff the brown lunch bag with paper and staple shut. Aren't they a cute little couple?

EASY Paper Plate Scarecrow Puppet!

Grab a Popsicle stick and a paper plate. Then get a few items to use as a hat, nose, and hay! Put it altogether and you have a Scarecrow Paper Plate Puppet! I put together the hair, cheeks, nose, and eyes for the Pre-K class. They will cut the hat, color the flower, color the eyes, add the mouth… When they are done it may look something like this….

Free To Print from other sites!

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Over 15 goodies to print for your scarecrow theme

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Body of a Scarecrow

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Scarecrow Scarecrow Emergent Reader

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PDF with great ideas. Last pages have printables!

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Great Poem, Songs, Fingerplays


We're the farmer's scarecrows

    We scare away the birds,

We keep the farmer's corn safe

Without any words.

But when Halloween comes

We jump out of the ground

And we scare the boys and girls

When they come walking 'round.

The Scarecrow
Scarecrow standing in the field
On a bright and sunny day, Don't forget to do your job. Scare the hungry crows away!

Title: I'm a Little Scarecrow
(I'm a Little Teapot)
I'm a little scarecrow,
Raggedy and worn.
I wear a hat,
And a shirt that's torn.
When the crows come,
I wave and shout,
"Away from my garden ----
Get on out!"

Scarecrow, scarecrow,
How scary can you be?
You scared away the crows  (children have fun giving ideas)
But you can't scare me!
No, you can't scare me!

Five Stuffed Scarecrows
Five Stuffed Scarecrows in the corn rows,
The first one said, "Go away, crows!"
The second one said, "I am very small,"
The third one said, "I am standing tall."
The fourth one said, "On my head I wear a hat."
The fifth one said, By me feet runs a cat."
Five stuffed scarecrows in the corn rows,
Moving left and right as the autumn wind blows



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Copyright  Camille Hagemann52 Week Preschool Shares this cute
paper plate scarecrow.

Other Fun Ideas

Copyright  Camille HagemannCopyright  Camille HagemannSensory- Place on a table the different articles of clothing and types of filling used to create a scarecrow. Have the children feel the raffia, crumpled newspaper, and stuffing used to make a scarecrow. Ask the children what noises if any does each type of filling for the scarecrow make. Ask how does each item feel. After this discussion, have children help you make your own scarecrow using the objects on the table along with a hat for your scarecrow's head.

A Huge High Five to Kim Koehler at for sharing the following glyphs pictures, and printables to match!

Here is the pic of the scarecrow glyph we do. I use fabric scraps for the patches and a cut up raffia bow for the hay on the arms and legs. I also will add the key too!


Hat= favorite color

Shirt: yellow= girl red= boy

Plaid: diagonal= has gone on a hayride straight= has not gone on a hayride

Buttons: 2 buttons= I have carved a pumpkin 3 buttons= i have not carved a pumpkin

Patches: 1= I love spring 2= I love fall 3= i love summer 4= I love winter

Smile: 8 stitches=I am 8 9 stitches= I am 9

Eyes: triangles= I like non fiction books squares= I like fiction books

Nose: triangle= I like chapter books circle= I like picture books

It takes my third graders usually two days to complete it. I hot glue on the straw and buttons for them. I usually have them trace and cut out the pieces on one day and then glue them together on the next day.


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Filled with lots of ideas

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