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Pumpkins! Pumpkins! Specialists worked together to incorporate pumpkins into our kindergarten lessons for several weeks. As a professional learning committee, specialists, collaborated and worked together to create a kindergarten thematic unit on pumpkins. Here are a few examples of what we did…
In Media, we read How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? by Margaret McNamara for our part of the pumpkin unit. Students got to count pumpkin seeds by twos, by fives and by tens. They answered comprehension questions during the reading of the book. We also completed an activity sheet where they counted pumpkin seeds to determine which group of seeds had the greatest amount of seeds and which group had the least amount of seeds.
In PE, for our part of the pumpkin unit, we played a game called “Smashing Pumpkins.” This game focused on skills such as the overhand throw and the underhand roll. They practiced hitting targets working on their accuracy while also practicing teamwork by helping each other guard the pumpkins that were on their side. We had a great time working on these skills and getting a fall theme involved.
In Technology, students went to Discovery Education and watched a video on the life cycle of the pumpkin from seed to fully grown. They then went to Starfall and worked on an interactive activities.
In Music, students played a game with the song, "A Pumpkin Song" by Doug Goodkin. Students memorized all the lyrics in the song, and then proceeded to pass a "pumpkin ball" to the person next to them. The person with the pumpkin on the last word of the song stood up, making passing more difficult as the song restarted again. With more and more people standing and the inclusion of added "pumpkins", the game got difficult fast!
In Art, we looked at a pumpkin and identified the Elements of Art on the pumpkin (lines, shapes, forms, colors, and textures). Next, we read Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin Pie and talked about the many uses of pumpkins. Finally, we sketched our pumpkins and painted them. We had fun!
Written by: Caroline Turner, WUES Art Teacher
Posted: Nov 24, 2014 by Carrie Johnson