Please do not think for one second that I am already teaching about pumpkins! I am just wrapping up apples and enjoying every second of it!
This year I am really trying to stay on top of the prep and planning so I can actually relax a tiny bit and enjoy the lessons with the panic and stress levels at bay. I pulled out my Fall and Pumpkin themed centers on Friday afternoon to check to see if they are complete and ready for another year of fun!
These are some of the activities we did last year and I have ready to go again!
Right now we are still working on number sense, fluency with numbers to ten, easy addition and subtraction concepts and number lines. Soon we will start on number relationship strategies, fact families, and tens and ones place value.
In preparation for October, I also went on amazon and ordered some new books! I found some great titles that I didn’t already have in my 18 years of collecting! I also always keep a fresh stock of fun manipulatives for math centers and small group. Amazon recommended these little pumpkin erasers on the cheap so I grabbed them too!
What I am most excited about is that pumpkins will tie into our math, science, and writing! We will enjoy working through this Pumpkin science book full of 11 interactive activities. We are just wrapping up the Apple Science Book
5 Senses pumpkin Observations
How Tall is our pumpkin? Measuring with cubes
Circumference of our pumpkin measuring with a string shorter/longer
Sink or Float Experiment
Favorite pumpkin treat- seeds,pie, bread- Class Graph/Opinion Writing
How many seeds in our pumpkin?
Pumpkin Life Cycle
Blank Pumpkin Templates
Pumpkin Labeling (parts of a pumpkin)
Pumpkin Facts Writing/Discoveries
I loved that we did the experiments and graphing during science, but we also worked on our apple science during work on writing too!
Now my students will be giddy to make a pumpkin portfolio of experiments, graphs, lessons, and writing! There’s some overlapping activities along with new pumpkin specific lessons too!
This unit by Tanja has great life cycle posters and writing lessons.
Here’s a few pictures of our pumpkin science from last year. I have a set of lab coats for messy science! I got the disposable lab coats on amazon here. They are a dollar each!
We also made a fun venn to help us with compare and contrast sentences.
Well I hope this helps give you plenty of time and ideas for your pumpkin planning! I’m off to find some candy corn. I can’t plan for pumpkins without it. It just wouldn’t be right!