Our pumpkin interest grew during the month of October. We had a generous donation of pumpkins provided for our classroom. The students observed the pumpkin, and played math games with pumpkin seeds. We predicted how many cubes high our pumpkin would be then counted "how many" and noticed who guessed the right amount or came close.
We also made predictions about what would happen if we mixed red and yellow paint together. When we discovered it would turn orange we used it to paint the pumpkins we drew. We talked about what the pumpkin looked like and cut open our class pumpkins to see what was inside. We used our sensory skills to explore the smells and textures while pulling out the seeds from inside the pumpkin.
We mixed ingredients together to form a reaction. The children noticed when baking soda and vinegar are combined bubbling takes place; we discovered a sound called "fizzing". We experimented with this for about 20 minutes and finally we were able to witness an eruption.
We currently have pumpkin seeds growing in our classroom and outside. We don’t know if they will survive because pumpkin-planting season usually takes place in the fall but what a great opportunity to witness the lifecycle, we read about happening, in our own classroom.
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