We went on a field trip to the pumpkin patch and apple orchard a few weeks ago and when we came back, we spent some time learning more about our pumpkin:
After we scooped out the seeds and counted them (501!!), we counted the number of lines on the outside of the pumpkin. I wrote on my pumpkin using a dry erase marker. We can erase the lines and draw on the outside if we want to or write facts about our pumpkin on it. 🙂
This is our Pumpkin Investigation that we completed while we were learning more about it. You might see that the “How many seeds?” section it says 400 seeds. We actually had 501 seeds, but 400 was our estimate by looking inside. We went back and stuck a post-it note over 400 and changed it.
The children learned about the life cycle while we were at the pumpkin patch so we created it in our science notebooks. They first colored the pictures and then glued them in the cycle to show their understanding.
I also introduced another new math game that is helping us work on subtraction. The children begin with 5 pumpkins on each larger pumpkin. They roll the die to determine how many to take away from the 5. They write the total number left on the large pumpkin and move on to the next pumpkin.Kristen 🙂