First-grade students at Santapogue celebrated Spookley Day. After listening to a read-aloud of “The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin” by Joe Troiano, the students made their own square pumpkins based on the popular story about a square pumpkin that is made fun of until he saves the lives of others in the pumpkin patch during a storm.

The students covered square tissue boxes with strips of orange paper and then decorated their Spookley characters. This lesson was a perfect way to integrate literature, math and art and to discuss character and accepting differences.