As part of my 4th-grade curriculum, I have the children write an autobiography.
This writing assignment usually comes around Halloween. So, instead of having the children draw a picture to illustrate their story, I have them get a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and decorate it to go along with their story.
So if their story is about the first time they learned how to ride a bike, then the pumpkin may be wearing a helmet and have a little doll bicycle next to it. The kids love this activity!
(NOTE: Make sure they don’t puncture the pumpkin with any of their decorations because this causes the pumpkin to rot a lot quicker).