OCTOBER and PUMPKINS

Interactive Big Book!

Children will delight in this new and innovative way to interact with a big book. Number sense and literacy skills are developed as children move the characters from one story scene to the next while singing the familiar tune. These books are also a great resource for teaching English as a second language. Anyone can use these books to help children learn to read and learn basic math skills.
This book targets: Counting, Number Skills, Pumpkins, Nutrition, Action words, and Prepositions.
Children pick a pumpkin off the vine and move it to Mrs. Farmer's table as they count down in this delightfully fun book.
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PUMPKIN FACTS


At the end of our pumpkin unit I took dictation on what we learned about pumpkins

MATH

Pumpkin Match FFG

Child matches numeral on hat to the correct number of dots on the pumpkins


COMPARING HEIGHTS

Comparing height of pumpkins using unifix cubes


ESTIMATING


We estimated the circumference of our largest pumpkin



We estimated the number of candy corns in a small cup.


GRAPHING

We graphed how we wanted to carve our Jack-O-Lantern


COMPARING/CONTRASTING

We made a venn diagram comparing apples and pumpkins.

ART

PUMPKIN COLLAGE

using construction paper, crepe paper, and tissue paper.



Painted with water color and glitter.


DECORATE A PUMPKIN


Each child brought a small pumpkin which they decorated with a variety of art things.


PAPER COLLAGE

Cut strips from an oval shape and then glue on black construction paper to make a jack-o-lantern.


COFFEE FILTER PUMPKINS

Coffee filter pumpkins look so nice on our bulletin board. No two are alike. Using water color markers color two coffee filters yellow and red (both filters both colors). Spray coffee filter with water and watch colors combine to make orange. Stuff with cotton and staple closed. Add a stem.

SCIENCE


Sequence the life cycle of a pumpkin


INVESTIGATION

We put the pumpkin seeds and a magnifying glass in a center. The children studied the seeds and then drew a picture of them in their journals.


We scooooooped the seeds out. "Very Gooey!"
We will roast them for snack tomorrow.


DECOMPOSITION

We put our pumpkin scraps in a jar to watch how it decomposes. After two months it was completely covered with mold and beginning to liquefy. The kids all voted it was now OK to throw it out.


INSIDE OUTSIDE

We know what is inside and outside a pumpkin!

LITERACY

How To Carve a Pumpkin

From Mrs. B's kinder - a candy corn is perfect to help children tell a story from beginning (top white), middle (orange section), and ending (yellow section).


PHONICS

We brought in pictures that start with the /p/ sound and added them to our "Pp" pumpkin board.


LITTLE OLD LADY WHO WASN'T AFRAID OF ANYTHING RETELLING PROPS

After reading "The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything" we reenacted the story on our felt board. We also enjoyed listening to the story on tape while reading along. Get your free pieces here


GO AWAY BIG GREEN MONSTER

We used construction paper scraps to make a monster of our own. I took their dictation and we will make this into a class book.

CENTERS

HAMMERING GOLF TEES



DRAW FACES

Budding artist at work drawing jack o lantern faces on a pumpkin. We used washable markers. Draw a face - then sponge off for next child to use.


PLAY DOH

Playdoh made with pumpkin spice. Mmmmm this smells so good!

SNACK

WITCHES FINGERS

(or as we called them Lady's Fingers)
Take pizza dough and roll. Put almond sliver at tip for nail. Cook for about 10 minutes. Yum!

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