Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Life Cycle of a Pumpkin

Are you learning about the life cycle of a pumpkin? Why not combine that with your grammar lesson on adjectives? You can have an easy writing activity and adorable fall crafts that your students will LOVE.  Continue reading to see how I combine science and writing in this first grade lesson using the books Pumpkin Pumpkin  and The Pumpkin Book!



It's finally beginning to feel like fall around here!  The air is crisp, the leaves are changing colors and Halloween is fast approaching!  It's my favorite time of the year!! So......of course it's time to break out the pumpkin activities! We spent last week learning all about them.....how they grow, describing them, what you can make out of them....so fun.  My firsties loved it! Check out this lesson, so you can get started doing the same thing!


We started out the week with one of my favorite books for the season, Pumpkin Pumpkin. The illustrations in this book are beautiful.  The author uses lovely watercolor drawings to show the life cycle of a pumpkin. After reading, the students helped me compose my own story of how a pumpkin grows in an interactive writing lesson.   I showed them how to use the words First, Next, Then and Last in this writing.  

I think it's super important to begin each writing lesson with Shared Writing.  This really helps the kids get their own ideas in their head and models the thought process involved in writing. It helps them become independent writers and gives them confidence to try writing on their own.  

We made these cute little crafts to go with it and then the kids wrote the sequence of how a pumpkin grows. I never leave my writing on the board for the students to copy, although I did leave just the words First, Next Then and Last as a reminder.  





We also read Gail Gibbons book The Pumpkin Book.  If you have never used any of her books in class, check them out! They are really great informational text for younger kids.  We ❤️ Gail Gibbons! This book describes pumpkins and we used this as an opportunity to learn more adjectives. We have been learning all about adjectives this month.  


We took a look at some real pumpkins and then made this cute Pumpkin Adjectives anchor chart in our interactive writing. 


I also found this cute poem on Deanna Jump's blog that we sang.  I put this poem at our Big Book Station after we did it as a whole group, for my firsties to practice on their own. 



We made big pumpkins and wrote adjectives all around them:



Do you use Scholastic News in your classroom?  It's really pretty fantastic. We don't have a formal Science or Social Studies curriculum in our school, so we supplement with Scholastic and it's really helpful.  Plus, it has a great online component! 

Cool games, videos and interactive lessons that go with each Scholastic News and it comes FREE with your subscription.  We read our newest magazine and then we made a list of things we can do with pumpkins in another interactive writing lesson.  


I always like to finish up a mini unit with informational writing on what we have learned.  I teach my firsties to use a graphic organizer to gather their information.  We made one together on the board and then I showed them how to use this web to write a report.  




We finished up our week with my students making their own webs and reports about Pumpkins.  They tried to include some adjectives to make it more interesting. I think they turned out pretty fabulous!!



So we had a GREAT week......how about you?  What fun things are you doing with pumpkins in your classroom?? Leave a post and let me know so we can share it with everyone!  Happy Fall Y'all!

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