Scarecrow Unit

Songs & Poems

Scarecrow, Scarecrow
Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle

Scarecrow, scarecrow turn around.
Scarecrow, scarecrow
touch the ground.
Stand up tall and blink your eyes.
Raise your hands up to the sky.
Clap your hands,
then tap your knees.
Turn around and tap your feet.

Scarecrow, scarecrow
touch your toes.
Scarecrow, scarecrow
tap your nose.
Swing your arms so very slow,
Now real fast to scare the crows!
Touch your head, jump up and down.
Now sit down without a sound.

Scarecrow, Scarecrow
Tune: Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

Scarecrow, scarecrow, turn around.
Scarecrow, scarecrow,
touch the ground.
Scarecrow, scarecrow,
stretch up high.
Scarecrow, scarecrow,
blink your eyes.
Scarecrow, scarecrow,
kick your feet.
Scarecrow, scarecrow,
flap like a sheet.
Scarecrow, scarecrow,
bend so low.
Scarecrow, scarecrow,
touch your toe.
Scarecrow, scarecrow,
nod your head.
Scarecrow, scarecrow, go to bed!

The Floppy Scarecrow

The Floppy, floppy scarecrow
Guards his fields all day.
He waves his floppy, floppy hands
To scare the crows away!

Repeat and replace hands with arms, toes, head, legs, etc

Tune: Sing a Song of Sixpence

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!

I'm a Little Scarecrow
Tune: 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!"

The Scarecrow

The old scarecrow is such a funny man.
He flops in the wind as hard as he can.
He flops to the right.
He flops to the left.
He flops back and forth
Till he's most out of breath.
His arms swing out;
his legs swing, too.
He nods his head in a
See him flippity flop when the wind blows hard,
The funny scarecrow in our backyard.

Five Black Crows
Tune: Five Green and Speckled Frogs

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

Have You Ever Seen A Scarecrow?
Tune: Have You Ever Seen A Lassie?

Have you ever seen
a scarecrow,
A scarecrow,
a scarecrow?
Have you ever seen a scarecrow
With ten hungry birds?
Ten birds, ten birds,
Ten wing-flapping birds.
Have you ever seen a scarecrow
With ten hungry birds?

Have you ever seen a scarecrow,
a scarecrow, a scarecrow?
Have you ever seen a scarecrow
Scare one bird away?
One bird, one bird
one wing-flapping bird.
Have you ever seen a scarecrow
with nine hungry birds?

Choose one child to be the scarecrow and stand in front of the group. Choose 10 crows - I give these children laminated crow pictures. Sing the song and have the children act it out. Repeat the second verse (replacing the red number word with the appropriate number word) until all of the birds have been scared away.


Five Little Scarecrows

Five little scarecrows
by the old barn door,
One went home and then there were four.
Four little scarecrows
by the old oak tree
One went home and then there were three
Three little scarecrows 
with nothing to do,
One went home and then there were two.
Two little scarecrows
out in the sun,
One went home and then there  was one.
One little scarecrow all alone  through the day,
He scared the crows and they all flew away.

I'm A Scarecrow
Tune: "Frere Jacques"

I'm a Scarecrow,
I'm a Scarecrow
( stand with arms out)
Standing in the corn,
Standing in the Corn
Scare the crows away,
Scare the crows away
(Push arms out as if to scare the crows away)
That's my job, That's my job (arms out again)


The Scarecrow in the Field

The scarecrow in the field,
The scarecrow in the field,
Hi Ho! It's harvest time,
The scarecrow in the field.
The scarecrow picks the _______

Have the children think of fall words that would be appropriate (pumpkin, crow, corn, leaf etc)


Language Activities

Story Retelling

Make a pocketchart set of the repetitive parts of the book
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything.
Also draw pictures of the scarecrows clothes. The children love to reread the story and assemble the clothes!

Scarecrow Colors

I have a copy of a small Scarecrow Colors blackline book that was in The Mailbox several years ago. I assemble the 8 pages to show the parts of a scarecrow
(focusing on the color of each item).

The hat is brown.
The gloves are yellow.
The pants are blue.
The scarf is red.
The shirt is green.
The boots are black.

I also drew large pieces of each piece of clothing, colored, and laminated them.  We use them while reading the story together and then the children can also use them in book center when reading the story alone or retelling it to a friend.

Scarecrow Poem

Write the following poem to use in a pocketchart:

Scarecrow, scarecrow,
How scary can you be?
You scared (insert name)
But you didn't scare me!

Have a set of children's names written on sentence strips and let children take turns inserting a name and reading the poem.

Scarecrow Reading Wall

Purchase a tall jointed cardboard scarecrow. Attach him to the classroom wall or door, low enough for the children to touch and see. On sentence strips, write the following sentences, and attach them next to the appropriate part of the scarecrow. This activity builds fluency, sight word vocabulary, and is a fun addition to our Read the Room and Write the Room literacy centers.

I am a scarecrow.

See my brown hat.
See my red shirt.
See my black crow.
See my blue pants.
See my white gloves.
See my black shoes.

A Scarecrow Sees . . .

After reading the book Scarecrow, I have the children draw a picture of what they might see if they were a scarecrow in a garden or field on a paper that says:

"I see a ____________."

I put the pictures together into a book titled
"A Scarecrow Sees . . . "

I also use their ideas to make sentence strips (and pictures) for the pocket chart to read.

I am a scarecrow.

I see a mouse.
I see a garden.
I see a crow.
I see a tree.

Math Activities

Counting Crows

Find a cute picture of a scarecrow 1 2 3 4 . Copy 10 times, color and laminate. Also copy several crow pictures and laminate. Write a number 1 - 10 on each scarecrow. To play this game, the children spread out the scarecrows in order and place the correct amount of crows with each scarecrow.

Pattern Block Scarecrows

Have students draw a fall picture on a piece of construction paper. Next they arrange pattern blocks in the shape of a scarecrow. Once their design is complete, have them copy and record it on their picture using paper pattern block shapes.

Scarecrow Match Game

Make an instant scarecrow color matching game at
Preschool Printables.

Art Activities

Paper Bag Crows


Stuff a brown paper lunch bag with newspaper.  Tie the open end with black yarn.  Paint the bag black.  Place the bag on the table sideways.   Use black construction paper to make a head, add a yellow beak, and white reinforcers for eyes.  Staple onto the tied end of the bag.  Make black feathers from construction paper and glue on.  Add yellow construction paper feet.


Scarecrow Cones

 Ice cream cone (the pointed ones)
 vanilla ice cream
 shredded wheat
candy corn

Top an ice cream cone with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Add shredded wheat for the scarecrow's hair. 
Add the raisins for eyes, candy corn
for the nose and cut a raisin for the mouth. 

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