Friday, October 18, 2013

Pumpkin Fun! {Math and Literacy Activities with Pumpkins!}

Fall means pumpkins!
Lots of fall pumpkin activities for Kindergarten!
HOW DO PUMPKINS GROW?
I asked my students how they thought pumpkins grew, and gave them some choices: on a tree, under the ground, on a bush, or on a vine.
Lots of fall pumpkin activities for Kindergarten!
Then of course we headed to a pumpkin patch to find out the answer for ourselves :)
Lots of fall pumpkin activities for Kindergarten!

Lots of fall pumpkin activities for Kindergarten!
We took a pumpkin back to school with us, and did some fun math and literacy activities with it!

HEIGHT ESTIMATION & MEASUREMENT
How many cubes tall is our pumpkin?
Lots of fall pumpkin activities for Kindergarten!
Students wrote their estimates on a small sticky note, then stuck it to the chart.
Next we measured the pumpkin and filled in the correct answer.
Lots of fall pumpkin activities for Kindergarten!
We looked back at our estimates to compare them with the real answer...which numbers were higher, lower, or just right.

CIRCUMFERENCE ESTIMATION & MEASUREMENT
Lots of fall pumpkin activities for Kindergarten!
After taking a good look at our class pumpkin, I asked students to think about the pumpkin's circumference.
I had them pull some yarn and tell me how long the piece should be to fit around the pumpkin.
Then it was time to try them out and see which ones are TOO LONG, TOO SHORT, or JUST RIGHT.
Lots of fall pumpkin activities for Kindergarten!

Lots of fall pumpkin activities for Kindergarten!
The picture below shows our closest guess, but it was just a little too short.
Lots of fall pumpkin activities for Kindergarten!
Most guesses were too short!
Lots of fall pumpkin activities for Kindergarten!

Lots of fall pumpkin activities for Kindergarten!
Lots of fall pumpkin activities for Kindergarten!
MEASUREMENT USING NON-STANDARD UNITS
&
CLASS BOOK
Lots of fall pumpkin activities for Kindergarten!
Using pumpkin cut-outs, we measured everyone in the class...even the teacher!...to see how many pumpkins tall we are.
Lots of fall pumpkin activities for Kindergarten!
Then we filled in a page about ourselves, and illustrated our data.
The pages were put together to make a class book, that they LOVE to read!

PUMPKIN SIGHT WORD & COLOR WORD CHART
Lots of fall pumpkin activities for Kindergarten!
This pocket chart story includes 8 color words as well as the sight words 'we', 'see', and 'the'.
Students took turns putting the sentences together and matching the pictures to the sentences.

All of these pumpkin activity ideas, anchor charts, pocket charts, and MORE can be found in my Pumpkin Fun activities pack {here}
Lots of fall pumpkin activities for Kindergarten!

1 comments:

Heather said...

As always, very cool activities going on in your classroom, Anita!

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