Monday, October 26, 2009

Pumpkin Observations/Carving

Micah chose to decorate his pumpkin with stickers.

So these are the pumpkins and squashes the kids picked from the pumpkin patch.

We began by reading the The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons. Then we spent some time observing our pumpkins. I explained to the girls that pumpkins were a fruit not a vegetable. If you are speaking in a botanical, scientific context, then the pumpkin and squash are fruits, because they have seeds. We also completed a pumpkin notebook page from Afterwards, we asked ourselves if they would float or sink? We also estimated how many seeds were in the yellow squash.

We read The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons.

Lauren writing her observations of her pumpkin.

Hannah measuring the height of her stem, she didn't have much of one. Her pumpkin stem measured 1/2". Lauren's stem was 5-1/2".

Well the squash floated. Both girls thought this would happen.

So how many seeds were in this? One child guessed 50 the other child guessed 100. AND drum roll please...... there were 92 seeds.

One girl thought they would float, the other that they would sink. All but the boy floated. Micah just had to get in with the pumpkins. So why did they float if they were so heavy? I asked if they could guess. Hannah said, "because it was hollow." I explained that yes because it was hollow and the inside was filled with air it floated.

Hannah cleaning and describing the inside of her pumpkin.

Hannah's notebooking

Lauren's notebooking

We did the Pumpkin Prayer as we carved our pumpkins.
Dear Jesus,
As I carve my pumpkin, help me pray this prayer:
Open my mind so I can learn about you,
(cut the top off the pumpkin)
Psalm 100:3
Take all my sin and forgive the wrong that I do.
(clean out the inside)
1 John 1:9
Open my eyes so Your love I will see;
(cut eyes shaped like hearts)
Psalm 119:18
I'm sorry for times I've turned up my nose at what you've given to me.
(cut a nose in the shape of the cross)
Psalm 51:10
Open my ears so Your word I will hear;
(cut ears shaped like the Bible)
Isaiah 55:3
Open my mouth to tell others You're near.
(cut the mouth in the shape of a fish)
Psalm 118:17
Let Your light shine in all I say and do!
(place a candle inside and light it)
Matthew 5:16

1 comment:

  1. Great study! Thanks for sharing your pumpkin link. :)

    Barb-Harmony Art Mom


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