Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Cross-Curricular PUMPKIN fun!

It's October. The leaves are changing and falling.  The air is cool and crisp.  But most importantly... Pumpkins.  Kids love pumpkins.  And you can have a lot of fun with pumpkins in your classroom. 

Here are some great read alouds for your pumpkin week! 

 Awesome, awesome book to talk about counting and estimating.  Then, OF COURSE, having the kids count the seeds in a pumpkin! 

 This witch grows a HUGE pumpkin but nobody can seem to figure out how to move it! 

 Oh, Splat is hilarious!  Your kids will love this funny book about trying to get the perfect pumpkin home! 

 Excellent for learning about the life cycle of a pumpkin. 

What do you do with a yard full of pumpkins -- especially when you hate them?  Read to find out!

Check out these videos! LOVE using music in the classroom, especially when it fits around our theme!

And here are all the integrated activities we will be using for some pumpkin learning and fun. 

Will be reading this quick non-fiction text aloud to help build background and knowledge about pumpkins. 

Kids will learn the parts of a pumpkin and work on these labeling activities.

We will explore the outside and inside of a pumpkin and chart our results using our five senses.  I prefer to use one big pumpkin for the whole class, but you could use small pumpkins at tables. 

We will make these cute little life cycle crowns and flipbooks! 

LOVE LOVE LOVE this cute little estimation station with pumpkin candy!  I will pour the pumpkins into a jar, show the kids what ten pumpkins look like, then chart their estimations.  As an extension, I like to fill the same sized jar with candy corn and compare the two jars. 

Ten and Teen Frame Pumpkin patch game using pumpkin candy!

Read and teach this poem whole group then kids can work on it during stations! 

Students put together the puzzle pieces by finding the rhyming words! 

 Students use magnetic letters or letter tiles to build CVC words or work on beginning/middle/ending sounds. 

Students work together to unscramble the sight word sentence.  Then, they record it on their sheet and color the pumpkin to match. 

 I-Spy.  Students use magnifying glasses to find the tiny CVC pictures and record the CVC word or the beginning sound. 

Roll a Jack-O-Lantern.  Students roll the dice, and color in the matching shape on their jack-o-lantern.  There is a version with a blank pumpkin where students draw in their own shapes, or the one shown below where they trace. 
 Teen Frame Matching. 
 Rainbow Pumpkin Graphing.  Students use a pencil and paperclip to spin a colored pumpkin, then color it in on their graph until one reaches the top. There are questions to answer about the graph afterward. 

Here's a little freebie from the pumpkin pack! 

Be sure to check out the whole pack in my store by clicking below. 

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