Who doesn't love pumpkins in Fall! Pumpkin carving, pumpkin bread, soup, cupcakes...the list goes on! Well where do all those pumpkins come from?? We are going to do a nonfiction study and observe, dissect and taste (YUM!) pumpkins for 2 weeks during our science time! You will see a similar nonfiction packet come home at the end of our study to owls/sharks. Pumpkins are so fun to learn about especially since we will be able to use our five senses to really learn more about it! We will start by reading From Seed to Pumpkin (a great Scholastic book) and record what pumpkins are, can and have. From there we will talk about the different parts of a pumpkin, cutting one open to see what's inside! They will get to touch and feel the seeds and "guts", as I call them :) inside the pumpkin. After working with our diagram, as a class we will define some new vocabulary words: stem, life cycle, emerge, ripen, sprout, vine and harvest; all very important words to understand when studying pumpkins! As a class, we will also talk about how a pumpkin grows. At the start of the study, I will ask them what they think and we will graph it. Then after the study, I'll ask the question again (how does a pumpkin grow) and see if their answer changes. And talk about why our answers may have changed. We will also record any questions we have about pumpkins! This gives them a chance to take ownership of the study and have input in their learning. We will take time to answer their questions!
Also with our pumpkin study, we'll do another Image of the Week. Each week there is an image and we take a moment to study it. It's up all week for them to be looking at and coming up with "I like", "I wonder" or "I observe" statements and questions. This week we'll have the inside of a pumpkin (all its guts) for our Image of the Week! We will also post it to our "What Stuck with You?" about our pumpkin study!
To end our study we will have a pumpkin tasting day and other fun pumpkin activities!