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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Pumpkins- The Project

We ended our investigation by measuring the pumpkins.


The kids recorded how tall they were.


The kids have learned about the pumpkin life cycle through many books that we have read and some videos from YouTube.  We decided to create a display for the hallway that shows how a pumpkin grows. The kids signed up to be on the seed/soil team, sprout team, vine team, flower team, green pumpkin team, and orange pumpkin team. We set out materials and they all created their part to show the cycle. 









Here is the finished product, along with documentation of what the kids explored and learned about during our pumpkin inquiry.










The kids also investigated foods that can be made with pumpkins. We made a list and picked three to include in our Thanksgiving Friendship Feast on Monday.  A friend is bringing in chocolate chip pumpkin bread made by their family.  We will be making pumpkin pies and pumpkin soup in the classroom to add to our feast. They are very excited to try it all!

Our feast next week has taken a very interesting and non-traditional turn!  I can't wait to show you what they came up with!  They are one creative group of children!  The conversation started with a haunted house project a group is working on and ended with a Fancy Masquerade Friendship Thanksgiving Feast!  But that is for another post...





3 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for sharing! I am on my journey too, and the way that you have allowed for children's voices and input into the project to meet them where they are is outstanding. I love the filling in of letters and/or sight words and the space for drawing or writing to show the thinking, depending on each learner. Thank you for providing guidance for the rest of us as to how to put together all the learning in this way!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! Good luck on your journey!!
      Sincerely,
      Darla

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  2. Would you mind sharing the sheets that you used for this investigation or do you have them for sale somewhere? If you wouldn't mind sharing my email is mkipperberg@gmail.com. Thanks!

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