Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Great Pumpkin Project! {read for a freebie!}

So, I'm slowly getting into a routine and finding time for my outside-of-school-life.  If you haven't been on my Facebook page, you've missed out on seeing my newest work work packet-Tic Tac BOO!  I'm going to be using this the next few weeks of school for my kids to learn their word sorting words!  (We use Words Their Way)

Now, what we've been up to the past 3 weeks.  We are teaching through "units" that were teacher created.  Our last unit was Harvest.  So we've been reading and working with apples, pumpkins and everything fall!  I've been able to TPT-ify my pumpkin stuff and will share what we did in pictures below!

Pumpkin Measuring

 Digging inside the pumpkin!  {And THIS teacher didn't have to touch a thing!!!!}

{Since we can't have food at school... I had each student take home a baggie filled with a group of 10 seeds} 

Pumpkin Investigation worksheets:

 {I LOVE that most of them "learned" that pumpkins were "gross" or "gooey" inside! ha!}

Pumpkin Researching:

{We read pumpkin books together to complete this research packet.  We learned that we can read informational books "out of order" to find information that we need!  It helped them distinguish between books that give info and books that tell a story.  I've found that they struggle with this because they think that if a book (such as Chrysanthemum) TEACHES them a lesson, it gives them info!}

ABC Order!
We started the week learning how to put the ABC's in order-first will all ABC's then with ABC's with letters missing!

Then we worked on putting words in ABC order and recording on a worksheet (sorry--forgot to snap pictures!!!!)

And-then after that, we did a fun activity where we walked around the room to 10 cards that had 3 words on it.  The kids had to write the words in ABC order on each card!  {Forgot pics there too} :(

And last, we cut out words and glued them in ABC order into a pumpkin vocab booklet!  We talked about whether each word was a noun, verb or adjective.  The kids wrote the definitions and then illustrated it!

Click {HERE} if you'd like to use the pumpkin vocab book with your class!  You will need to make enough copies of the pages to create the book!  I double sided them.

If you'd like to check out my complete packet, click on the picture below to see it!  {everything you see above and lots more-including comprehension activities with pumpkin themed books--is included!!  As well as Essential Question posters!!}


  1. I like to have the students collect leaves and then use them to make pictures!

    tokyoshoes at hotmail dot com

  2. We make applesauce and pumpkin pie pudding....but we too measure our pumpkin, try to sink it, and of course count the seeds. We also keep it like "Pumpkin Jack." :)

  3. I give each of my students a mini pumpkin and they write a story about what happens when it comes to life for one day. They come up with some awesome adventures.

  4. Thanks for the great ideas! We dod a pumpkin investigation every year, but it isn't as in depth or as cute!

  5. We like to do a leaf collage during fall!

  6. Fall is filled with apples and pumpkins in my classroom.
    More Than Math by Mo

    1. Congrats Monique---I just emailed you!!! (sorry for the late sending of it though...)

  7. We made applesauce and then wrote about how to make it, but that's about the only fall activity we've done, so your unit would be great!!!

  8. I love making applesauce, and watching a plant grow out of a pumpkin! My students love getting all dirty and seeing something come out of the pumpkin.

  9. I love being around a campfire roasting hot dogs and cookies s'mores!

  10. We go on a hayride to pick apples and pumpkins.

  11. This looks like alot of fun! I'd love to win the free pack! My students just planted pumpkin seeds with our science kit (yes, you read that correctly. We planted seeds in October.). Your students look engaged and super interested. I loved reading their estimations.

  12. I love making applesauce with my class, our fall character parade and our annual first grade pumpkin day :)



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