1-2-3 Come Do Some Letter Pp Activities With Me
Woo Hoo for Diane's Dollar Deals! I'm featuring two, pumpkin-themed ones, on the blog today. Dollar Deal Alphabet Wheels, are a quick, easy & fun way to practice letters.
I priced them at only a dollar, so that you can afford to collect all of the individual alphabet wheels.
They feature 6 nouns that begin with that letter, and come in black and white, as well as full-color, so that you can use them as an independent center or individual word work activity.
I've also included a worksheet where students trace & write the words in alphabetical order.
Click on the link to zip on over to my TpT shop to take a peek at the Pp is for Pumpkin Dollar Deal Alphabet Wheel.
The other Pumpin Dollar Deal is an emergent reader: Pp is for Pumpkin.
It's filled with beginning letter Pp nouns. There are 11.
It's also packed with Dolch sight words and great practice for pronouns, as well as end punctuation.
Students read the simple sentences using the pictures as clues, and then add the appropriate end punctuation. (period, question mark, exclamation point).
They trace and write the Pp word, then color the picture.
There are 5, mini-strip pages, to a one-page template.
Students trim, collate and staple to the front of their "Pp is for pumpkin" cover to make a flip booklet.
I've also included matching picture and word cards to play games like Memory Match and "I Have; Who Has?".
They come in color as well as black & white, so that you can use them as an independent center for Daily 5 Word Work, or children can make their own game to practice at home.
Students can match picture to picture, or picture to word. They can also alphabetize the word cards and use them to write their own sentences.
As with the individual alphabet wheels, I've priced these emergent readers at only a dollar, to make them affordable, so that you can collect all of the flip booklets in this series.
Click on the link to pop on over to my TpT shop to have a look: Pp is for Pumpkin Emergent Reader
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Speaking of FREEBIES, today's is also pumpkin related. It's an apple-pumpkin Venn diagram.
Venn diagrams are a quick, easy & fun way to practice comparison-contrast writing. This Venn diagram is a perfect way to reinforce and review the things your students learned about apples and pumpkins.
That's it for today. I'm trying to finish some of the other fall-themed letter wheels & emergent readers and will hopefully have Ll is for Leaf done by the end of the week.
Hope you can pop back. Wishing you a joy-filled day.
"Beauty for some provides escape, who gain a happiness in eyeing Autumn sunsets exquisitely dying." -Langston Hughes
1-2-3 Come Do Some Writing Craftivities With Me
The key to getting children motivated to write, is simply giving them something exciting and fun to tease their imaginations and get the creative juices flowing.
Pumpkins in the News does that. It's my latest, 29-page, writing prompt-emergent reader packet.
I’ve included 2 class-made books: The Case of the Missing Pumpkins, as well as Our Class Pumpkins in the News.
To get the pumpkin rolling, there’s a “What can you do with a pumpkin?” poster, which includes two graphing extensions to cover more standards.
Children will readily share that you can eat and carve them, but are they aware that you can grow a record-breaking giant pumpkin, catapult them through the air, or turn them into a boat and sail them in a regatta?
All of these are popular contests and make headlines in the news.
I’ve included links to awesome videos to whet everyone’s writing appetites.
On the crazy creative side, how about the discovery of an alien pumpkin, or a pumpkin that could talk or grant 3 wishes?
Trust me, your kiddos will WANT to get right down to the business of writing! Woo hoo.
The crafty part of the project is a newsprint pumpkin.
Coloring newspaper with crayons or markers, creates a super-interesting and awesome look.
Completed projects look amazing swirling & twirling from the ceiling. I've included several "header" cards to choose from, as a title for your display.
Little ones can search for all of the letter Pp’s and circle them.
I’ve also included several worksheets for more letter Pp practice.
Toss in a bit of shape review, with the pumpkin’s facial features, and practice spelling names via his smile.
There's also a pattern with 12-on-a-page to make an Itty Bitty one. It's packed with plenty of Dolch sight words.
If you don't include it with the emergent reader, you could give them to your kiddos on party day.
They are today's featured FREEBIE. Click on the link to grab a copy in both black & white as well as color.
Well that's it for now. Thanks for stopping by. It's my sincere hope that your own little "punkins" enjoy these craftivities. It's a gorgeous 70 degrees today; the leaves are finally starting to turn.
The fresh air floating in from my window is beckoning me to come play. I shall succumb. Wishing you a peaceful day.
"I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion." - Henry David Thoreau
1-2-3 Come Do Some Pumpkin Life Cycle Activities With Me
You’ll love the versatility, as it’s appropriate for a variety of ages and levels, with lots of options.
The Life Cycle of a Pumpkin emergent reader, is great non-fiction practice that reinforces plenty of sight words, as it includes 37 from the Dolch word lists! Picture prompts help with the rest.
I’ve included a color copy for teachers, as well as a student copy in black & white.
Children trace and write the life cycle words, read the simple sentences, color the pictures, then cut & collate the pages into a “just the right size” booklet.
There’s a template with 6 on a page, as well as one with 12 mini-pages on a one-page template, so that you have the option to make Itty Bitty booklets, that are a real paper-saver.
To assist with reading, review the life cycle of a pumpkin with the 12 colorful pocket chart cards.
There’s a set featuring wonderful clip art, as well a set with real life photographs.
Use the smaller sets to play a Memory Match or Speed (sequencing) game.
I also made a bookmark-size template (with 4-on-a-page) for your students.
You can also review the life cycle with a colorful pumpkin poster. I've included a black line version your kidos can do as a worksheet.
The 6, pumpkin craftivities, also reinforce the life cycle.
Nothing like a hands-on artsy activity to get your kiddos excited, and completed projects make an awesome bulletin board or hallway display.
Because they are quick, easy & fun, and so different from each other, you could do several.
For example, do the flat Jack-o-lantern life cycle as a homework assignment worksheet, and the pumpkin life cycle wheel as an independent center or whole group activity.
The pumpkin wheel craftivity is my personal favorite; the green stem acts as a pull-tab to easily rotate the pumpkin to show the various stages.
All of the crafts come in full-color so you can make a quick sample to share, as well as black & white for your kiddos to color.
If you do the “Oh My! Pumpkin Pie” craftivity, spritz with pumpkin-cinnamon air freshener! Your room will smell wonderful.
The ”life cycle-circles” come in 2 sizes, as well as black & white, plus full-color options, with and without word labels.
The packet also includes 15 posters featuring real photographs of the various stages of a pumpkin’s life cycle, which make a lovely bulletin board display, or simply share them with your kiddos to introduce or review the stages.
I think photographs really add to a lesson, as it's always amazing to me how many of my little "punkins" have never been to a pumpkin patch to pick out their pumpkin, or are even aware of the fact that pumpkins, like apples, come in more than one color.
Click on the link to zip on over to my TpT shop to take a look see at this 85-pager: Life Cycle of a Pumpkin packet. It's my sincere hope that you & your sweeties enjoy these activities as much as mine do.
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I call it "Peekin' in a Pumpkin" because you can literally peek inside the paper plate pumpkin "window", and see "pumpkin guts".
On the front of the paper plate, students draw a Jack-o'-lantern. My kiddos absolutely LOVE doing this craftivity, and the results, suspended from the ceiling in the hall, are simply "spook-tacular!"
We get lots of "ooh ahh" comments too.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. The trees are just starting to turn, so it's time for a nature walk.
My poodle pup, Chloe, will be thrilled. Wishing you a relaxing day; I hope it's invigorating as well.
"When the wind blows through a wood, its mass is cut and closed by every leaf, forming a train of jittery vortices in the air." -Alice Oswald
1-2-3 Come Do A Few Pumpkin Craftivities With Me
Now that October is nearing an end and your students have hopefully read a zillion fall books, or you've read them during story time, have children choose their favorite fall book and do one or more of the craftivities in this Common Core Pumpkin packet, which covers a lot of reading and writing standards. Woo Hoo!
The packet includes:
A pumpkin book report craftivity.
"Read it" is a play on words for "Ribbit" so I've also included a little frog template that you can run off.
Students color, trim and glue the frog to their pumpkin. There's also a blank pumpkin template without the words "Read it"
Students can leave the pumpkin plain, or draw on a face to make a Jack-O-Lantern, especially if they're writing about a Halloween book.
Run off the "pumpkin guts" writing prompt section on yellow paper. Students fill in with information about their favorite book.
Add some finishing touches with crayons and a school photo glued to the stem.
The packet also includes another writing activity without a craft.
Older students write about two of their favorite fall books on the recording sheet.
If you want them to compare and constrast the books they've chosen, they can fill out the Venn diagram to help organize their thoughts.
Are you working on retelling a story with your kiddos? The beginning-middle-end story pumpkin craftivity, will be a fun way for them to share their thoughts.
As with the other craft, I've also included a blank pumpkin pattern, so students can draw on their own face. Run off the template of your choice on orange construction paper.
Students place the orange pumpkin paper on the top of a yellow sheet of construction paper and cut once, creating the inside of their page at the same time that they cut out their pumpkin cover.
Children glue or staple their booklet together. (I've provided a nice wide tab on the left side.) Cutting on the dashed lines of the orange paper, students create a flip booklet to explain the beginning, middle and end of their story.
I've included samples of both projects, so you can quickly and easily make your own examples to share with your students.
For my book report pumpkin, I chose the story Big Pumpkin, by Erica Silverman.
For the retelling-a-story pumpkin, I chose The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid Of Anything, by Linda Williams. These are two of my all-time favorite Halloween books. They've always been favorites for my Y5's as well.
Any of the activities work well for your Daily 5, and are especially fun for Halloween party day. Let's face it, most children are so energized that day, that it's nice to have something a bit out of the ordinary, to grab their attention and keep them focused, while still learning something relevant.
Completed projects make wonderful bulletin boards or hallway displays. The pumpkin book report looks cute hung back-to-back suspended from the ceiling.
A nice bonus about the pumpkin craftivities without Jack-O-Lantern faces, is that you can keep these displays up through Thanksgiving, with the rest of your November harvest things.
Click on the link to view/download the Common Core Pumpkin Reading Craftivities.
Thanks for visiting today. I'm dashing off to do some serious grocery shopping.
You know you're low on things when you're out of condiments like ketchup and mayo, to say nothing of the rest that I need to make dinner for tonight. Wishing you a productive day.
"The injury we do and the one we suffer are not weighed in the same scale." -- Aesop
1-2-3 Come Make A Pumpkin Writing Prompt Craftivity With Me
With all of the pros and cons about Halloween and the hype about the negative versus the positive aspects of the holiday, I thought this controversy would make an interesting October writing prompt that even younger students could manage. This would be great for your writing block or Daily 5 writing portion on Halloween day, which tends to be a bit crazy.
As a whole group, brainstorm what things students like about Halloween and list them on the board. Then discuss the negative aspects of the holiday and things that they don't like about Halloween. Write those on the board as well.
The lists can help students with spelling, as well as deciding what things they want to include in their own writing prompt.
I've always been intriqued by the positive negative aspects of art, and the fun things you can create around that concept.
With that in mind, I thought the perfect craft to use as a topper for this writing prompt, would be a positive negative pumpkin. Click on the link to grab your FREEBIE.
Here's how to make one:
Run the pumpkin template off on orange construction paper. I've put two pumpkins on a page for qucik printing, so you'll need to cut them in half using a paper cutter.
Likewise, cut black construction paper in half as well. Students lay their 1/2 sheet of black construction paper underneath their orange paper pumpkin half, and then cut out 2 pumpkin halves at the same time. One will be orange; the other black.
When they are done, they glue a half sheet of black construction paper onto a whole sheet of orange construction paper.
Now glue the orange pumpkin on top of the black construction paper side, and the black pumpkin on the orange construction paper side, so that the two pumpkins are joined together, making a positive and negative pumpkin picture.
Finally, students glue their writing prompt underneath. I've included a completed sample if you want to use mine to make an example to share with your kiddos.
You could do this with other Halloween themed objects as well. I found this monster version over at In The Art Room, when I Googled positive negative art samples. Instead of using my pumpkin pattern, students could also create a Jack-O-Lantern of their own.
While doing research, I found a helpful art site. For more information about positive-negative art click on the link.
There's a short video clip explaining the positive negative art form, plus some cool samples like this one. Do you see a vase or two profiles?
Thanks for visiting today. Since it's not too brisk out, I'm off to do a bit of winterizing in my garden. Too much for one day, but slow and sure wins the race. Wishing you an energizing day.
"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body." -- Joseph Addison
1-2-3 Come Do Some Crimping With Me
Crimping? What's crimping? It's a wonderful way to add that finishing touch to your students' crafts. Alicia, over at Jam Paper, contacted me and asked if I would be willing to design some sort of craft activity using their paper. Of course! (They have "every color and every size!" including brown which is rather unusual and perfect for fall.)
I checked out their site and found that they also carried an awesome tool called a "corru-gator" which crimps paper! Well the creative juices kicked in and my brain went into over drive, with all of the fun things I could do with one. The more I pondered, the more excited I got. I hope you will too.
I chose the "wave" pattern for it's versatility. (One with straight lines, that crimps like corrugated cardboard, is also available.) I'm sure scrapbookers are well aware of these fun gadgets, but I wanted to figure out ways a teacher could use one in the classroom.
One of the reasons that this is great for school, is that it has a width of 8 1/2 inches, so it will fit a regular sheet of paper, (smaller sizes too) as well as card stock thickness, so you can add texture to just about any project.
The corru-gator is a safe and easy-to-use-tool even for little ones. Inserting a sheet of paper and cranking the roller, is wonderful fine motor practice that is a super-fun way to strengthen finger muscles, which is so important for pre-writing skills and scissor cutting capability.
A child's excitement at seeing their finished project being cranked out, with a cool texured look, is priceless. "Wow! Look what I made."
Because students will want to add that "finishing touch" to whatever you deem appropriate, use the tool as an incentive to keep students focussed, by allowing them to use the crimper after they have completed their project.
What kinds of projects? Oh the possibilities... Here are just a few that I thought of:
Students can crimp a file folder (portfolio) or pocket folder to keep their work in. The "Flip For Facts" file folder activities that I've posted also look more interesting after they're crimped too. Make sure you use plenty of glue on projects to be crimped and that they are completely dry.
Crimp shapes, letters and numbers to add a bit of pizzazz. Use Elison die cut letters and have students glue them together to make a name plate then crimp it, or simply have them write and color their names and then add the texture.
When students make a special card for Christmas, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, or Father's Day, allow them to crimp it to add that "wow" factor or have them crimp the envelope for something different.
Crimp your plain colored bulletin board borders to add some 3D pop. Have students design a bookmark and then crimp it.
Crimp a writing prompt topper, or even the written page. I crimped the entire haunted house 5 senses craftivity to add an extra touch of creepy. As I've discussed before, tossing in a bit of hands-on art to go along with a writing prompt, simply gets students more motivated.
Completed projects make awesome displays, which help build self-esteem.
Crimping only takes a minute and the unusual results will surely get all sorts of comments. Everyone wanted to know how we made these cool tri-colored apples.
A myriad of themed craft activities are also perfect for crimping. Here are just a few:
For Fall: crimp apples, pumpkins, scarecrows, bats, spiders, candy corn, skeletons, & monsters.
Studying fire safety? As you can see by the photograph, flames look awesome crinkled and definitely add that finishing touch!
Are you studying leaves? Paper leaves look wonderful crimped.
I designed this fall dangler then added the texture for an interesting 3D effect.
Trees are also the perfect craft to crinkle.
The pumpkin sliders gained extra pizzazz by being "munched and crunched". (My Y5's have named this cool tool "The Muncher Cruncher".)
Our pumpkin Venn Friends turned out especially cool with a little crimping.
I LOVE that the size of this tool accommodates an entire project.
The scarecrow's face and hat, look extra special when crimped, which gave it more of a burlap look. I also ran yellow paper through a shredder to make the hair.
Thinking ahead to WINTER: Crimp Christmas trees, ornaments, snowmen, snow scenes, and mittens.
Do you celebrate 100 Day? Have students draw a self portrait of how they think they'll look if they get to be 100-years-old, then crimp for instant wrinkles, or simply crimp a real photo of them.
For Groundhog Day, crimp children's groundhog craftivities to give those animals some "fur". Are you studying shadows? Using a light source, trace your students' profile, trim and crimp.
For Valentine's Day add texture to paper hearts. If you study Abraham Lincoln, crimp a log cabin.
Moving on to Spring: Crimp rain, the water cycle, a Seuss hat, butterflies, caterpillars, shamrocks, flowers, grass, eggs, baskets, bunnies, lions, and lambs.
As you can see I'm pretty excited about the educational potential of this fun gadget, and at $24.50 it's certainly an affordable tool to add to your teaching bag of tricks.
If you're going to do the Frankenstein envelope activity with your kiddos that I posted a few days ago, they also sell the green envelopes. Your kiddos could also crimp their completed envelope monsters too.
Well that's it for today. I'm going to play around a bit more with this fun gadget to see what else I can come up with.
If you've thought of another way to use the tool, or an activity you plan to do with your kiddos, I'd enjoy hearing from you: email@example.com or feel free to leave a comment below.
"There is a great distance between said and done." - Puerto Rican proverb
1-2-3 Come Do Some Pumpkin Craftivities With Me
Quite a few of my most popular downloads are those that involve a hands-on craft. With all of the standards we have to teach, I realize that many teachers don't feel that they have any time left in their day for the "fun" things they used to do.
With that in mind, I try to incorporate some standards in the crafts that I design, thus the name "craftivities". I decided to feature A Baker's Dozen of my all-time favorite pumpkin craftivities in this article, since the number 13 can certainly be associated with Halloween. Although I've used the term a baker's dozen for years, I didn't know why it came about. If you're curious too, click on the link.
Since Apple Sense was such a huge hit, I decided to make a Pumpkin Sense one. This is a quick, easy and fun way to review the 5 senses, as well as work on the importance of adjectives in descriptive writing.
Having a carved class pumpkin isn't necessary, but really helps. Adding a hand print leaf and photo adds that finishing touch.
Another writing craftivity is the Personal Pumpkin Patch Craft.Family relationship names, (mom, dad, sister, brother etc.) are a part of most teacher's word walls, so I wanted to think of something that would tie into building that vocabulary.
Via a note home to parents, which is included in the packet, you'll have the personal information needed to help your kiddo's make a personal pumpkin.
There are also family word cards that you can use in a pocket chart or for flashcards, plus several worksheets and a Tally Time activity with math extensions.
Pumpkins In The News reinforces the letter Pp, and has a variety of writing options as well. Students find and cut out shapes to make a pumpkin face, as well as letters that spell their name. These will be used for the pumpkin's smile. They can also search for all of the letter Pps on their pumpkin and circle them.
For writing practice, younger students trace and write the Pp is for pumpkin worksheet and glue it to the back of their pumpkin. Brainstorm with older students of why pumpkins might be in the news. They choose a topic and then write about it on the pumpkin template, trim and then glue to the back of their newsprint pumpkin.
Punch a hole in the stem and suspend from the ceiling. There's also a pattern for a class-made book entitled: The Case Of The Missing Pumpkins.
The Shapely Pumpkin Packet reviews 2D shapes and includes a spinner game and worksheet. Sponge painting is a super-fun, non-messy way for little ones to paint with awesome results.
I've been doing the Peekin' In A Pumpkin for 15 years. It also reviews shapes, as a Jack-O-Lantern face is on the front. The "guts" of the pumpkin are on the other side.
I put a dollop of Elmer's glue with a bit of yellow paint in the middle and let my students swirl it around with a Q-tip, then glue bits of yarn and real pumpkin seeds on, for an awesome result.
Add a bit of science to your day with the Life Cycle Of A Pumpkin Craftivity. There are 3 options for this cute pumpkin bowl craft.
You can review 2D shapes and have students draw a Jack-O-Lantern face on the back, or you can teach some pumpkin facts with the pumpkins ARE, HAVE, CAN writing prompt; (I've included a completed sample.) or you can explain the life cycle of a pumpkin, and have students color, trim and glue that circle to the back of their pumpkin bowl.
Curling ribbon and a child's hand print leaf add the finishing touches. These look terrific suspended from the ceiling too.
The Triple Play Pumpkin also has 3 options.
One involves measurement activities, another investigates the inside and outside of a pumpkin and uses adjectives to record findings; while the last one involves writing about things that scare you.
This is a 3 dimensional pumpkin as students glue 3-4 paper circles together.
We do a lot of singing in Y5's. It's a fun way to learn all sorts of things, review concepts and the children really enjoy it. One of their favorite October songs was Pumpkin Round and Fat.
If you're a homeschooling parent and looking for an awesome, but easy fall centerpiece that your child can make, then I think you'll enjoy the Dryer Hose Pumpkin.
This idea has been around for decades, but I just learned of it a few years ago when I met a crafty gal at Hobby Lobby. I actually made these with my Y5's. Their mommies were really impressed, as they turned out so cute. They cost about $1 each to make.
If you haven't made puffy paint by mixing shaving cream, Elmer's glue and tempera, then you're in for a treat.
This photo doesn't do justice to how absolutely awesome these turned out, as our pumpkins puffed up to over an inch high when they dried.
We also revisit this technique in January when we make snowmen. Click on the link for the Puffy Pumpkin. To see a photo of our snowmen click here. For some reason, you can see the puffiness much better in the snowman pictures.
Finally, to round out my baker's dozen, I wanted to share 3 outstanding pumpkin crafts that I found Online.
Tammy's Kool Aid Pumpkins from over at Housing a Forest, has been pinned over 1,000 times from my pumpkin Pinterest board. She has a quick tutorial of how to make these terrific-looking pumpkins that smell scrumptious.
Mrs. Withrow, over at Garden of Praise, makes these adorable Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater nursery rhyme pumpkins with her kinders, and substitutes their name for the word wife. LOVE the pictures she took of her kiddos to place inside.
Lastly, but not "leastly" is a sweet paper plate pumpkin Mask, from over at DLTK Kids.
If you don't have time to have each child make one, whip 5 different Jack-O-Lanterns up yourself, and have students use them as manipulatives to act out the popular 5 Little Pumpkins Sitting On A Gate poem.
Mrs. Alvarado over at Learning Safari does this with 5 large tag board pumpkins. Too cute!
Whew! That's a whole "lotta" pumpkin stuff. Hopefully you found a few things to add some extra fun to your pumpkin activities.
I'm off to do some much-needed grocery shopping. Maybe my grandson and I will make a stop at the farmer's market to pick out a pumpkin! Wishing you a fun-filled day!
"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Nine Fine Pumpkin On The Vine Math Activities With Me
I have so many fun pumpkin activities to share, that I thought I'd feature 9 of my favorites that I use to teach all sorts of math standards.
A quick, easy and fun way to review numbers from 1-30, counting backwards from 20 or 10 to 0; plus skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's & 10's is with the pumpkin slider. There are 3 different pumpkin patterns for children to choose from.
So that you can also review upper & lowercase letters, I included those traceable strips as well. Sliders are a great way to whole group assess as you play an "I Spy!" game.
If you're working on telling time with your kiddos, the Pumpkin Time cards are perfect for a pocket chart or use as flashcards.
They review analog and digital time to the hour as well as time to the half hour. Make extra sets for students to play Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" games. I've included a tip list of other things you can do with the cards, plus a Kaboom game.
For more telling time reinforcement, your kiddos will enjoy the "It's Pumpkin Time!" games. There are dice as well as spinner games.
Both reinforce digital as well as analog time. I've included blank templates to use as an assessment tool, or for students to make mini time booklets.
Have you started working on money? Then I think you'll enjoy Pumpkin Payment.
Several standards are covered in this easy-reader pumpkin coin booklet that reinforce coins and shapes.
Students trace and write the coin word, the value of the coin, plus the shape word. They trace the shape and then draw it on the pumpkin; cutting and gluing the coin(s) to the matching numbered boxes.
Are you looking for some measurement activities? Help students practice measurement, by using apples and pumpkins.
You can run this packet off as an entire booklet for each child to work on, or use one worksheet each day during your math or science time.
I have pages where students measure with blocks, and other worksheets where students measure with a real scale and a yardstick. Click on the link for Pumpkin & Apple Measurement Activities
More measurement activities can be found in the Pumpkin Investigation Booklet.
Students measure height, weight, width and circumference of a pumpkin. They trace and write vocabulary-building words, predict, answer questions, + collect and analyze data.
I think most teachers cover the life cycle of a pumpkin to add a bit of science into their day.
With that in mind, I designed From Seeds To Pumpkin Pie: a quick, easy and awesome looking life cycle of a pumpkin craftivity. Ever mindful of standards, I included some shape & fraction fun to go with it.
The front of the pumpkin reviews all of the 2D basic shapes, including the hexagon, as students design their Jack-O-Lantern. (K.G.2)
The back of the pumpkin converts into a pie and is divided into quarters that show the pumpkin's life cycle. To make it look like a "real" pie tin, I covered a paper plate with aluminum foil.
Two fraction worksheets are included, to work on dividing circles and rectangles into two and four equal shares. Students describe the sections using the words halves, fourths & quarters. (1.G.3) Completed projects look terrific suspended from the ceiling.
Finally, the Seed Sorting packet, helps you to continue with a bit more science, while covering all sorts of math standards: Data collection & analysis, sorting, comparing & contrasting, predicting, guess-timating, counting, sequencing, greater than, less than & equal to, plus graphing.
You can do these activities as a whole group, or set things up as a center and have students work independently on their own seed worksheets.
The easy reader My Seed Booklet, is a matching activity. You can simply make a booklet to share with your students, so that they can see the different kinds of popular fall seeds, or have each child make their own booklet by drawing the seeds.
Since you can buy packages of popcorn, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds, you may want your students to glue some real ones to their booklet as well. You can always use the leftovers for all sorts of counting and sorting activities.
If you're looking for a few more math-related pumpkin activities, scroll down to another blog article filled with even more fall FREEBIES.
That's it for today. Thanks for visiting. I hope you found a few things to get your kiddos excited about math, while learning a bit of science too.
I'm off to the farmer's market to buy a few small pumpkins and gourds; I love decorating for fall. Wishing you a colorful autumn day filled with ed-venture!
"Those who live in the past limit their future." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some Apple and Pumpkin Activities With Me!
One of the much-needed skills for little ones, is the ability to cut. Just learning how to hold a scissors is quite an accomplishment for some. To help my Y5's strengthen their hand muscles and increase dexterity, I incorporated cutting practice in some form or another every day. To make this less tedious and frustrating, many of the activities revolved around creating a craft that included other skills as well.
Keeping this in mind, I designed "A-peel-ing Apples" so children could practice cutting in a circle. This is a wonderful opportunity to add the term spiral to students' vocabulary as well. Giving a red, yellow or lime green color choice for the apple, also reinforces that science fact.
To add a bit more pizzazz, older students can glue two different colors together. The thicker paper lessens the drop of the spiral, and the double-sided colors add interest to the dangler. Students glue a stem and leaf to the top. Punch a hole; add a yarn loop and suspend from the ceiling, or as a border against a hallway wall. Click on the link to view/download the A-peel-ing Apples activity.
Cutting on a straight line is also not that easy for some little ones. These apple and pumpkin "strip" puzzles, will not only give your students practice with that skill, but review and reinforce sequencing numbers from 1-10, skip counting by 10's, or counting backwards from 10-1. I've used a dashed-line font, for the numbers on the apples and pumpkins, so that students can get some writing practice in. Encourage children to count quietly as they trace the numbers.
Simply choose a number concept you want to work on and run off the puzzles on construction paper. Children choose a puzzle; trace the numbers; cut the strips, lay them in the proper sequence on a sheet of black construction paper, and then glue them down.
Remind students to keep a small space between the strips. Students add a stem and leaf to the top. You can make the pumpkin more of a keepsake, by having children, or a room helper, trace their hand, with their fingers spread, onto green construction paper. They trim and glue next to their stem. Completed projects make a sweet harvest bulletin board.
You may want to laminate one of each kind, to keep in your math center. Each puzzle has its own Baggie. Children can work indepently, or pick a partner to play "Speed" against. The first one who completes their puzzle, is the winner. Click on the link to view/download the Apple and Pumpkin Number Puzzles.
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Everything's Coming Up PUMPKINS!
I LOVE fall. It was one of my favorite times of the year with my Y5’s.
We studied so much science in the month of October: leaves and how they changed color, because they lost their chlorophyll; pumpkins: their life cycle and if they sank or floated, when submerged in water; and spiders spinning their lovely webs.
Dreaming up all sorts of hands-on craftivities to teach these concepts, as well as incorporating a multitude of report card standards and subjects, was always a challenge that I enjoyed.
At the end of the month, when we graphed our favorites, pumpkins rolled into the top spot year after year. Nationwide teachers across the US, spend a lot of time in the pumpkin patch reading, writing and diddling with numbers, so I wanted to offer up a nice variety of activities.
Pumpkin Art and Activities was my first pumpkin packet. It’s 23 pages and includes 6 pumpkin projects, that help reinforce report card skills and standards.
In 5 Little Pumpkins, I revamp an old-fashioned favorite and turn the rhyme into a Pumpkin Paper Plate Puppet Theater.
It’s a fun way to review ordinal numbers, counting, and rhyme.
I like using recycled “stuff” to make a “craftivity.” Using newspapers for art paper provides a cool effect, when students use orange highlighters to color over the newsprint.
Newsprint Pumpkins are a unique way to review shapes and letters as well as name recognition and spelling. Have students circle all of the letter P’s that they can find for even more practice.
Making a 3-D Pumpkin Patch Mobile is a wonderful culmination to your life cycle of a pumpkin, science studies.
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For even more fall fun, your little "punkins" can practice all sorts of skills and report cards standards in the 42 - page Pumpkin Art and Activities II packet.
Sing the ABC song, practice counting and verbal acuity, by identifying shapes, letters and numbers, with the pumpkin slider (pictured), just one of many pumpkin-themed activities in this part two packet.
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