We started off the week making these pumpkin growth flip charts. I've done this differently the last few years. Usually, we just label the steps on construction paper. This year, I felt like my kids were capable of writing a little better and I wanted them to write out the steps. Plus, we've been working on using first, next, then and last to help us write.
I love how first graders feel the need to draw hearts all over everything they make, don't you? I usually catch it and make them erase, but this one slipped by me :)
When you open each flap, you get to read about that stage of a pumpkin's life.
Here's another one...
The next day, I brought in a great big pumpkin and we investigated the heck out of that thing! I made an anchor chart and we filled it out together.
We described the inside and outside. And, we predicted and counted how many lines and seeds our pumpkin had. I'll be completely honest with you. I think pumpkins are disgusting. I HATE sticking my hand in those slimy things. And, they smell awful. But, I do it every year because those kids get so dang excited! I could never deprive them of such a fun thing. I just let them do all the "gut removal" for me :)
(I need to give a special shout-out to my little first grade friend who sat on the floor for twenty minutes and pulled every single last piece of slime from inside that pumpkin once everyone had gotten their handful. If it weren't for him... we would have been carving a full pumpkin cause I seriously CAN NOT handle it!)
After finishing our chart, we waited until the afternoon to do our carving. I tried something new this year. Instead of the kids
running around like heathens sitting and watching as I carved the pumpkin, I had them write a how-to story about carving a pumpkin. So, we did one step at a time and they would write a sentence about it.
The next day, I felt like we needed to make a pumpkin. And, I had big plans to attach their how-to writing to the pumpkins we made. But, I couldn't figure out how to hang it all together. I think the paper plate pumpkins we made are pretty cute just by themselves, though.
Here they are:
The kids had so much getting to be creative and make their own faces. I told them they could be "scary" or "nice" jack-o-lanterns. I think most of them went with "whatever is easiest to cut out." Ha.
I like them because they add a great big punch of color to my back wall. And, their parents will get a big kick out of seeing them tomorrow for parent-teacher conferences.
And, I just thought this one was cute.
Oh, and we read a bunch of pumpkin books.
We especially liked Pumpkin Town and Too Many Pumpkins.
But, our favorite book last week? Hands down, it was this:
We might have read it twice last week. And, we definitely did read it twice more today. Ha. They cannot get enough of it! They LOVED to sing along with it and they started adding in all these "ahhh" sounds after every page. I was CRACKING UP. And, I'm so glad ya'll couldn't hear me trying to rap this book to them. Because, that? Wasn't pretty. Not pretty at all. But, they were impressed. So, I guess that's all that matters. Needless to say, I know 20 first graders who would highly reccommend this book :)
Well, that's all I've got for tonight.