The last week of October & beginning of November we had a lot of exploration with pumpkins! We investigated the pumpkins by measuring height, weight, & circumference. Not pumpkin related, but you will also see photos of students writing lists of their favorite candy on Halloween! It was a fun writing activity on this exciting day. Then the students did “Sink or Float?” Many students thought that the little pumpkin could float, but the rest of the larger pumpkins would sink. They were so surprised! I showed them how people can ever make little boats out of huge pumpkins. We also looked at some of the giant pumpkins after reading the following book:
The following two books are two other great pumpkin books for Kindergarten:
The following day we (the adults) carved the pumpkins, and the students helped pull out the seeds, then we counted them! We had one pumpkin with almost 700 seeds! The others had around 300-400 seeds! When the class made predictions, we had huge ranges of how many seeds they thought would be inside. On Thursday, we made “barfing pumpkins”. Similar to the erupting apples, we used baking soda and vinegar + food coloring. The twist was putting the baking soda and vinegar inside the carved pumpkins so the erupting would come out of the pumpkins face! The class thought it was awesome–so much fun! After making observations they drew photos of what happened. On Friday, the class tasted pumpkin seeds. They got to try garlic/salt and cinnamon/sugar. I sent home recipe suggestions last Friday in case you want to make them at home! Cinnamon & Sugar was the big winner!
I hope you enjoy looking through the photos of all the learning your child has had!