This week my first graders are learning all about pumpkins! Today we went to the pumpkin farm, and on Friday we are having pumpkin day where we will have parents help with pumpkin learning stations all day. Throughout the week, we have been working on writing explanatory text about the life cycle of a pumpkin. Our district's professional development initiative this year is writing, so we have been connecting our writing to the common core standards. This explanatory text is a great introduction to writing non-fiction. The lessons and templates are below as well as the titles of the mentor texts we are using. Click below to go to my blog and download this for yourself!