Wednesday, November 9, 2011

pumpkin day!

Over the summer on Tanya's blog/TPT store, I saw she did a pumpkin scmath activity.  I really wanted to try it in my classroom this year and DID.  The students had SO much fun with all the activities.
I dedicated last Friday to all things pumpkin.  October was a CRAZY busy month with parent/teacher conferences, fall break, common core training that my team and I taught, district literacy specialists in my classroom for a week, report cards, and Halloween; I'm sure your month was very similar.  Needless to say, I didn't get around to doing the pumpkin activity in October.  It actually worked out better that way because I then got the pumpkins for FREE.  I stopped by the local pumpkin patch after school on Thursday.  I told them I was a teacher and was wondering if I could buy some pumpkins for a classroom activity.  The guy said I could have as many pumpkins as I'd like at no cost.  So VERY nice of him!

Anyway, here was our pumpkin day!

 (pretty fall colors along the back road I took home from the patch)
 (my trunk full of punks)
The students brainstormed adjectives that described pumpkins and then wrote similes about pumpkins.  I got the idea from First Grade Parade.
 Pumpkin Scmath.  Now the fun part...counting the seeds.  I think next year I'll invite a few parents in to assist.  The students were actually very good and on task, but it never hurts have a couple extra pairs of hands. ;)

 I toasted some pumpkin seeds the night before and had the students try them.  I got this idea from The Inspired Apple.  This is the recipe I used.  Very easy and tasty.

If you want a fun and educational seasonal activity, try out any of these!  We had a great time.  It's not too late... :)

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