Learning Goals: Seasons, Properties, Non-Standard Units of Measurement, Descriptive Writing, Comparison
- During the Fall season, gather any unique looking pumpkins you can find. As a whole group, ask your students what they picture when they think of a pumpkin.
- Draw a picture matching their description and label it with descriptive words they have named.
- Reveal the unique pumpkins and encourage students to explore and play with them during the day.
- At the end of the day, discuss all the ways that students explored the unique pumpkins. What surpised them? What was different about all the pumpkins?
Extension for the next day:
- Repeat the discussion from yesterday and ask students again what they picture when they think of a pumpkin.
- Write down all their new pumpkin descriptive words.
- Bring in a traditional pumpkin and encourage comparative language to compare the traditional pumpkin with each unique pumpkin.
- Leave all the pumpkins out again for students to explore/draw/write about. Follow your students' lead to see how you can extend this fun inquiry!