Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pumpkin Exploration F-U-N + Freebie!!

Hi there friends!!,
 
Friday officially marks the beginning of the most exciting time of the year. I call it the "triple whammy"- Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas! I absolutely LOVE this time of year. Not only is it exciting for me, but it is a time for my students to get excited, and I feel like I can get back to the roots of what teaching is about: the enthusiasm and meaningful learning.
Every year, we do a Pumpkin Circuit in my classroom. These are pumpkin exploration centers that integrate multiple subjects for meaningful learning! I usually set up 5 centers that we rotate every 10-15 minutes around. *Side note: This is a good day to ask for volunteers. :)
My students love this day! They are completely engaged and making connections. Their favorite is the pumpkin eruption!

 
We also spend some time reading one of my favorite non fiction pumpkin books, "Pumpkin Pumpkin," by Jeanne Titherington. It is about the pumpkin life cycle and is perfect for the primary age.
 
Following reading the book, we make a pumpkin life cycle craftivity:
 

 
All of this is included in my Pumpkin Circuit Pumpkin Day centers pack:
 
In this center, I have included 10 different pumpkin exploration centers:
*Making pumpkin butter
*Pumpkin Eruption
*Pumpkin Product Taste Testing
*Pumpkin Senses
*Pumpkin Be Gone (testing candy pumpkin in various liquids)
*Pumpkin Exploration Math & Science
*Pumpkin Life Cycle Craftivity
*Making Pumpkin Play Doh
*Pumpkin Oobleck
*Popping Pumpkins
 
 
Click on either picture to take a look!
 
I am also giving one away on my FB page. Come on over & say hi!
 
Here is a freebie as a way to say thanks for following along. This is my Pumpkin Sense page. Students will use their 5 senses to explore a pumpkin. Click on the picture below to download.
 
 
Until the next time friends!!,


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