Fall is here, although it doesn't really feel like it in Florida. I love teaching about pumpkins during this time of year. You can incorporate it in all subject areas.
Reading and Pumpkins ~ It is great to discuss schema with and adding new information to our schema. I make a very cute KWL chart and use it during the week as we learn more about pumpkins. There are so many great pumping books, fiction and non-fiction. I love contrasting and comparing. My two favorite books have to be "The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin" and "Too Many Pumpkins."
I also love doing pumpkin themed word work activities. Building words with the letters in pumpkin patch. It is also a great way to learn about adjectives. The kids always love expanding their vocabulary as well. My all time favorite word has to be peduncle!
Math and Pumpkins ~ I review and teach so many topics with one pumpkin! Estimation is always a skill I introduce with pumpkins. We weigh and compare the weight to other objects. We measure the circumference. The we open in up and look at the seeds. I divvy them up among the class and we count and add them to find out how many seeds are in our pumpkin. The teaching opportunities are endless.
Science and Pumpkins ~ My kids love the great pumpkin investigation! The favorite part is the sink or float experiment. I love bringing in the biggest pumpkin I can find and letting the kids predict if the pumpkin will float. They never get it right. We discuss plant life cycles. This year I am also going to let one rot for the kids to see and hopefully a few seeds will sprout too.
October is a month of Fabulous Fall Freebies on my blog! Here is the pumpkin book my students complete as a part of their Super 6 Daily Differentiated Centers. It includes activities for Word Work, Read to Self, S.T.E.M. and Book Club. So grab this book FREE at my TpT store.