“The Pumpkin Runner”


This first Back-to-School week, we are reading “The Pumpkin Runner,” by Marsha Diane Arnold.  While we read the story, we will practice different reading strategies that can help us read better.  These strategies are:

  1. Predict/Infer
  2. Phonics/Decoding
  3. Monitor/Clarify
  4. Question
  5. Evaluate
  6. Summarize

Click here for our Vocabulary/Spelling Words from “The Pumpkin Runner.”

We will write our thoughts about these strategies in our Practice Book pages.  We will also post comments about these strategies and the story here on our blog.

Happy reading and writing!! 🙂


About Martha Rankin

I'm an educator for Newport-Mesa USD. I want to continually see things in new ways. I find inspiration in Gandhi's challenge: "You must be the change you want to see in the world."

13 responses »

  1. “The Pumpkin Runner” was the best story I have ever read!!!!!!!! I plan reading it again some time in between the school year!!!!!!!!!

  2. The Pumpkin Runner was a great story. I first read it last year in the library. Now we are going to read Akiak. I hope it’s a good book.

  3. Last week we read a story named “The Pumpkin Runner.” It was about a farmer Joshua. It was a very good story. The story was based on a real story about a 60 year old man running in a race. I thought the story was very interesting!!!!!!!!

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